Scoring Issues Plague the Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics take on the Washington Wizards tonight at home and they look to get their first winning streak going of the 2012-2013 season. The Celtics have had a tough time scoring the ball these last two games and it has become somewhat of an issue. It is unfair to judge them off of three games, but based on the product we have seen so far, it isn’t totally incorrect to say that they could have trouble scoring the ball as the season progresses.
Paul Pierce is clearly their number one offensive option at this stage of the game and even though he is still producing at a high level, I am not sure if the team can count on him consistently day in and day out like they use to. He is already 35 and head coach Doc Rivers needs to rest him more frequently this year in order to keep him fully fresh for the post-season, where the Celtics figure to finish as a top 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
As we have written in past articles, point guard Rajon Rondo absolutely has to continue to carry a lot of the offensive load for the Celtics. He is averaging 15 points per game this season and I really think that number has to get closer to the 18-19 range. The Celtics have proven that they can beat teams in the 80s, but it is going to be very challenging to keep Lebron James and the Miami Heat in that scoring range in a seven game series with how potent their offense is.
The Celtics still have ample time to grow but scoring the ball at an easier rate then they are now is an issue they need to fix as time goes on.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18