To say that the Boston Celtics‘ season has been a roller-coaster ride so far would be an understatement. For most of this season the Celtics have looked uninspiring and dull. Most figured that the team had finally figured things out when the Celtics went on a 6-game winning streak, but the frustration and anger has resurfaced following 3 straight losses.
Earlier this season, Rajon Rondo openly criticized his teammates for not matching his intensity and showing a lackluster attitude on the floor. Head coach Doc Rivers also decided to vent his frustration to the media after yesterday’s embarrassing 88-103 loss to the Pistons:
“I gotta either find the right combination or the right guys, or we’re going to get some guys out of here,”
“That’s the bottom line. This group right now, they’re not playing right. It’s in them to play right. But right now they haven’t been either because I’m not getting to them, or they’re not getting to each other.” – Doc Rivers
Rivers was visibly upset in the interview, and this could be just a temporary anger outburst. Still, it is clear that Rivers has grown tired of the mediocrity, as the Celtics once again find themselves back at 0.500 with a 20-20 record, good for the 8th spot in the East.
Only a week ago Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge said that he is content with the current roster and is not anticipating any major changes. However, if the team fails to find some kind of stability, changes might need to be made.
In a weak Eastern conference, the Celtics should not have any trouble making the playoffs, but the team has higher ambitions than that. To provide any kind of threat to the Miami Heat for Eastern conference supremacy, the Celtics need to get on the right track sooner rather than later.
If the Celtics continue to struggle, it would not be surprising if the team makes a change before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.