The excitement of the dramatic win over the Miami Heat has completely diminished. The four-game winning streak that occurred during that time has been forgotten. In the midst of a six-game losing streak, it has become apparent that the Boston Celtics cannot compete in the league.
After Jeff Green’s buzzer-beater and the dismantling of the Orlando Magic , there seemed to be hope for Celtics fans. Many thought this team could make the playoffs and be the surprise, underdog team that everyone loves. At the same time, the fans who rooted for the Celtics to tank were disappointed.
Now, it’s the other way around. Celtics fans hoping for a playoff berth are now embarrassed, while the tank-driven fans are preparing themselves for the NBA Draft in June. The Eastern Conference is not very strong, so the Celtics still have shot at the playoffs. But, the last six games have proven this team doesn’t have what it takes.
The four-game winning streak was merely a tease. Yes, Boston beat Miami, one of the premier teams in the league, but the last stretch of games revealed what the Celtics are truly made of. The last six games were against the Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Indiana Pacers — all teams essentially destined for the playoffs. Not only did the Celtics lose to these teams, but lost every single game by double-digits.
There were times during the stretch that improvement was evident, but losing by double-digits to every good team on the schedule is pathetic.
The Celtics sit at 4-10 and are one of the bottom five teams in terms of scoring, rebounding and assists. However, as pitiful as the Celtics have been, they are still hanging in the playoff race due to the fact that some teams have not separated themselves from the bottom of pack yet. The Celtics could be one of those teams, but it is looking bleak so far.