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2016-17 NBA Season Week 2 Recap: Boston Celtics

2016-17 NBA Season Week 2 Recap: Boston Celtics

Through two weeks of the season, to say that the Celtics have been underachieving might be an understatement. After starting the season 2-1, Boston has suffered injuries to 2 of their 3 best players, and their depth hasn’t been able to pick up the slack. Jae Crowder (ankle) and Al Horford (concussion) have both missed the past few games, so Isaiah Thomas has been forced to carry the offensive load. They were able to revenge their loss from earlier this season and beat the Bulls, but then lost a close one to Cleveland despite being shorthanded. The loss to CLE is understandable, but then they came out and turned in one of their worst showings I’ve seen in years against Denver at home. They had the audacity to let Emmanuel Mudiay score 22 points in one quarter. 22 POINTS.

What was once one of the league’s top defenses in every statistical category is now pedestrian, at best. In fact, I’m being way too nice about it. Watching this team play their past two games has been painful, and the fact that we just elected Donald Trump as President is painful enough. Teams are shooting the lights out when they play us. And after we got straight up embarrassed by Denver, allowing them to score 77 points in the FIRST HALF, I’m watching us get our asses kicked again by the Wizards right now who have one of the worst records in the league. Otto Porter is the Mudiay of this game; because apparently the Celtics have made a habit of letting mediocre players have career games against them. And that’s not an exaggeration, Otto Porter literally has a career high 30-points right now and we just started the 4th quarter.

Look, I get it; we’re missing 2 of our best players. But to lose how we’ve been losing has just been unacceptable. We’re getting outrebounded badly, giving up 3’s like they’re layups, and giving up layups like they’re layups. I actually don’t have anything bad to say about the offense at all, that’s really the silver lining. We get buckets at the end of the day, ranking 4th in the league at 110.2 pts per game. It’s just the defense has been almost historically bad and we can chalk it up to effort. The Celtics had been reading all of the same news articles we were reading in the offseason talking about how good we were going to be this year. So they thought they could just show up and beat most teams just because they’re Boston. But they’re quickly finding out that you’re not good just because someone else says you are.

There are still positives to take away from the first 6 games though. Crowder and Horford will return by next week at the latest and order will be restored in the starting lineup. Getting those two back will help tremendously on defense. Second, you would rather this rut happen earlier in the season rather than later. There’s nothing worse than seeing your team coast through the regular season only to drop the ball in the playoffs. Lastly, I would rather there be issues on defense than on offense. Defense is and always will be Boston’s calling card, so I have faith in them to eventually figure it out. Now let’s just enjoy our last days with the dopest President we’ll ever have.

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