Is the Celtic’s Slow Start Concerning?
This season the Celtics have gotten off to a slow start, winning only four of their first twelve games. Their could be many potential reasons for this disappointing start, their scoring issues, the lack of a solid big man, or even the injury to Paul Pierce. However, there is one thing that can be blamed for their lack of productivity, their age.
The average age of their starters is 33. The once defensively dominant Celtics, led by the relentless Kevin Garnett, have now become the 16th ranked defense led by a Kevin Garnett who can no longer jump. After the Perkins trade, Garnett was the team’s only real defensive presence under the basket and now that Garnett can barely contest shots, the Celtics are no longer the intimidating team that they once were. The Celtics have been out-rebounded in almost every game that they have played.
Despite the poor defensive effort and disappointing rebounding, some signs of encouragement have popped up in the last few games. New addition Michael Pietrus has provided some much needed offense off the bench and Paul Pierce has been looking more spry. In addition, the swingmen off the bench have been providing solid defense.
Despite these signs, the Celtic’s situation does not look very good. The C’s should continue to play well against the less talented teams, but will probably struggle against the playoff-bound teams. Despite it being very early in the season, the Celtics management may need to begin the rebuilding process sooner than they expected if the Celtics continue to play this way.