The Boston Celtics are locked in as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. That said, The C’s have been in quite the slump as the regular season comes to an end on Wednesday.
The Celtics have lost four of their last five games including a loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the worst team in the east, despite coming off of a six-game winning streak.
It’s safe to say veteran center Greg Monroe was not pleased with Boston’s effort Sunday afternoon.
“We just gotta finish the game. I think, from our side, it was a sloppy game. We gotta be better at pick-and-rolls, guarding the ball. They got too many easy lay-ups at the rim so we gotta be better.”
Head Coach Brad Stevens, also unpleased, looked at the Celtics’ worst loss of the season as a positive: something to learn from. As long as they learn from their mistakes by the start of the playoffs on Saturday.
“Everything you do is information. So, if you were really good late, if you weren’t as good late, if we need to make sure we’re better at pick-and-rolls, if you struggled with certain actions, we need to improve them because they need to be better by next week.”
The C’s will look to end their regular season on a positive note Wednesday night.
It’s Playoff Time
The Celtics may have been playing the worst basketball of the 2018 season; especially when considering they’re red-hot start, winning 16-straight games. But do not count these guys out. They have a young nucleus of talented first- and second-year players and veterans who can really play; including former Gator, Al Horford.
In fact, seven players on their roster, not including Kyrie Irving, average double-digit points for the season.
- Jaylen Brown – 14.5 points per game
- Jayson Tatum – 13.9 points per game
- Marcus Morris – 13.6 points per game
- Al Horford – 12.9 points per game
- Terry Rozier – 11.3 points per game
- Greg Monroe – 10.3 points per game
- Marcus Smart – 10.2 points per game
Shane Larkin and NBA Champion, Aron Baynes also give the Celtics quality minutes.
The Celtics are likely to play either the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, or Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.
Look for guys like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier and Al Horford to carry the torch for Boston.