The Boston Celtics have been extremely inconsistent since the All Star Break, going 4-5 with some bad losses to teams like the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. But the strangest thing is that during this stretch, the Celtics have managed to beat the two best teams in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
The losing streak included a long and poor West Coast road trip. It started off with one of the best wins of the season as the Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring 70 points in the first half. But then they collapsed, losing to one of the worst teams in the league, the Phoenix Suns, who are only 22-44. The Celtics lost on a buzzer-beater three -pointer by Suns point guard Tyler Ulis, who had stolen an inbound pass from Isaiah Thomas. The next night, the Celtics fell to the Los Angeles Clippers. It looked as if the Celtics would lose three straight because the were playing the Golden State Warriors the next game, the best team in the NBA. But the Celtics held the Warriors’ high-powered offense to a low 86 points. This was the least the Warriors had scored in two seasons and the Celtics won by 13 points. But then the very next game, they ended their road trip by losing to an average Denver Nuggets team by 20 points.
While all this was going on the Washington Wizards continued their winning ways, sneaking into second place ahead of the Celtics. With Boston’s inconsistent play, it begins to concern me how long they will be able to last in the playoffs. Hopefully head coach Brad Stevens can figure out the problems and fix them in the remaining games of the regular season.