The Boston Celtics started the season 0-2 and then went off. The Celtics went on to win their next 16 contests and 22 of 24 and on Dec. 7th, they were 22-4 and the kings of the NBA.
Since the time Boston is 17-12, not Cleveland bad, but pedestrian at best. The C’s will come out of the All-Star break on three-game losing streak and losers of four of five.
So what happened? What needs to change and should we be looking at the Celtics differently even if they are the best bet in the NBA at 33-23-3 ATS?
Marcus Smart suffered a self-inflicted hand injury, lacerating it after punching a picture in his hotel room and he has missed 11 because of it. In eight of those contests, the Celtics have given up more points than their season average. They’ve surrendered 105.6 per outing in that stretch, raising their overall allowance to 99.6 a night, which is now second in the NBA behind San Antonio.
“I’ve been on myself pretty bad,”Smart said, according to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald. “Especially when I have to just sit back there and watch those guys struggle — and there’s nothing I can do. But we’ve got the break coming up. We’ve got to come back and be ready.”
However, Boston’s issues go beyond Smart.