The Celtics are in trouble.
The team continued their trend of looking out of sync on offense and not playing with the energy needed to win Wednesday night in their 93-83 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at TD Garden. Boston got Avery Bradley back from his off-season shoulder surgery, but he played only 20 minutes and scored four points. Rajon Rondo still dealing with a hip pointer, played 40 minutes scoring 11 points and dishing out 10 assists.
Boston is now 14-17 on the season and losers of eight of their last ten. The team is searching for an identity and trying to find players who can play with the same emotion as Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The next few games are very crucial for the team as they try and right the ship and get back on track.
Celtics are headed for a fall– Dan Shaughnessy, who was all about the Celtics prior to the year, now says Danny Ainge needs to make a big move.
Celtics Rajon Rondo still dealing with hip pointer, not quite up to speed in Celtics loss to Grizzlies– Gary Washburn, in his notebook takes a look at Rondo’s performance, which saw him struggling from the floor.
Rivers: Celtics need Rondo to be an ‘aggressive scorer’– A. Sherrod Blakely says Rondo needs to look to take over games more with his scoring, with Doc Rivers backing that up.
Doc Rivers proves prophetic– Steve Bulpett looks at the Celtics defense saying Avery Bradley can only help so much as the rest of the team needs to step up and play a full 48 minutes.
Celtics’ offense keeps disappearing– Chris Forsberg has a look at the struggling Celtics offense, which only scored 83 points Wednesday night.
Tony Allen: ‘I don’t see the same team from 2008’– Jessica Camerato has Tony Allen’s assessment of the Celtics as he is now with the Grizzlies. He added, “they are missing a lot of pieces.”
A lone Patriots article as they prepare for whoever they may face in next weekend’s divisional round: (Get full coverage at Patriotslinks.com)
‘D’ needs Brandon Spikes to make noise– Karen Guregian says Brandon Spikes needs to get his game back to where it was during the middle of the season.