This Boston Celtics team is in an interesting spot, to say the least. Although they came away with a win last night against the Pacers, their play as of late has been tough to watch. The C’s have dropped 8 out of their last 12 games.
These losses unfortunately have been to some less than mediocre teams. There are some things Boston needs to change in these last few games before the All Star break in order to compete after.
Improve Team Defense
Over this 12 game stretch the Celtics team defense has been atrocious. They have allowed at least 100 points in each of those games. Also, they have allowed way too many fantastic single-game performances.
In their matchup against the Atlanta Hawks Danilo Galinari had that single-game performance. He had 38 points, on 13 for 16 shooting. He also knocked down 10 buckets from beyond the arc. Another great performance Boston gave up came from Luka Doncic. He scored 31 points on 6-8 shooting from the three point line a few nights ago.
Robert Williams III Need’s More Playing Time
Something that could help the Celtics turn things around is to give Robert Williams III some more valuable minutes. William’s production has drastically improved over these last few games. Last night against Indiana Rob notched a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
We all know Robert William’s defensive ability, and he showed us all once again ending Friday night with 3 blocks. William’s defensive energy is something this team desperately needs.
Jeff Teague Needs To Continue Playing Well
Jeff Teague has been an interesting story so far this season for the Celtics. At the beginning of the year he seemed like a great pick-up. As of late he seems to be on the decline. In Teague’s last four games he is only averaging 9.0 points and 2.3 assists.
He’s only averaging 6.2 points per game and is shooting 34% from the field, and although he’s been hot as of late he has been disappointing this season. He need’s to continue his great recent efforts, which is crucial to the Celtics success.