Celtics not panicking just yet

Team looking to stave off 4th consecutive loss

Seven games into the new 2016-17 season and the Boston Celtics (3-4, 9th Eastern Conference) never imagined that they would be under .500 but under .500 is where they sit.

“It’s frustrating. We’re in a bad funk right now,” Isaiah Thomas Jr.  said following the humiliating loss to the one win Washington Wizards. “We’re not the hardest playing team anymore. That’s what made us special, that’s what made us good: us playing harder than the other team. Being scrappier. Getting loose balls. Rebounds don’t come to us because we’re not playing hard.”

celtics-5Head of Basketball Operations,  Danny Ainge is not throwing in the towel just yet as he notes that his team is missing a number of players to injury.

 

 

“I think it’s part of a growing process that I guess it’s better this time of year, we try to find our identity,” Ainge said. “We had such a good defensive year last year, got off to a great start. You get some momentum [by doing that]. We need to put some defensive games together to get that defensive confidence in one another and trust in each other.”

“We’re not as good as we thought we were”              – Isaiah Thomas Jr.

But that was before the 118-93 whipping by the Wizards last night.  A night when a name like Otto Porter was chanted as though the second coming of Kobe.

”Right now I’m trying to play at a high level every night,” Porter said. ”I’m trying to do what it is I can do to help this team win.”

What the journeyman forward did was score a career high 34 points on 14-19 shooting from the field and 3-5 from three point land.  It was his second night scoring 20 plus points as he carried the team on his shoulders for the win.

“It’s about playing hard. It’s leaving it all out there on the floor. That’s who we were,” Thomas told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “That’s what made us one of the best defensive teams in the league. That’s what made us win 48 games last year. We have to find that swag, we gotta get that back. Because, if we don’t, it seems like we’re going off talent, which we really don’t have that much talent, including myself.”

The Celtics have another opportunity to get back on the right track tomorrow night as they take on East Coast rival New York Knicks.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours and help cheer on your Boston Celtics.

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Celtics open 2015 against 76ers

The 2015 Boston Celtics will open the regular season at home against the Philadelphia 76ers this Wednesday.  The Celtics have emerged from the preseason as a contender in the East with strong play from Marcus Smart and a very deep bench that will allow Head Coach Brad Stevens to tinker with a 10-man rotation if he so desires.

“This Celtics team can beat anybody on any given night,” GM Danny Ainge tweeted recently.

The fact that the team is so deep could be a problem with the players who will not be in the normal rotation, a problem teams like the San Antonio Spurs have solved.  If the goal is a championship run, then the entire team has to be on the same page.  Brad Stevens is a great coach, lets see if he can be the great communicator and get his team to buy in.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Boston Celtics this season!

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Celtics add three guards and a forward

The Boston Celtics had a busy draft night and opted to keep their four draft picks instead of trading up to a top 10 player although GM Danny Ainge did attempt to.

“We tried hard to trade up,” Ainge said at Boston’s Seaport Hotel on Thursday night.

But when a trade was not to be had, Ainge fell back on Red Auerbach’s famous quote, “sometimes the best trade is the one you don’t make.”

The Celtics selected Guards Terry Rozier (16th overall pick), RJ Hunter (28th overall pick), and Marcus Thornton (45th overall pick) along with Forward Jordan Mickey (28th overall pick).

Rest assured, the Celtics are not done tinkering with the roster.

“You know, our roster isn’t complete,” said Ainge. “What you see today is not what you’ll see tomorrow or next month. We’re a team that’s building for a championship, and we’ll continue to do that by trying to find the best players we can.”

 

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