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.”
Head 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.