The Boston Celtics have fallen upon hard times as of late in the 2013-14 NBA season. The Celtics came into Saturday night’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers, the final game of a five-game west coast road trip, having lost six straight games and falling further away from the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.
The Blazers certainly offered no solace for the Celtics on Saturday night. After all, the Blazers have been the surprise team in the league this season and have been able to maintain their early success, despite the doubts of many people. That success coupled with Boston’s struggles this season and as of late didn’t bode well for the C’s on Saturday night.
However, the Celtics were able to put up a fight. Avery Bradley gave his best effort on both ends of the floor as he put up 25 points, five boards and three assists on 11-19 shooting. Ultimately Boston didn’t have enough to end their losing streak, though, as they fell to the Blazers by a score of 112-104.
What doomed the Celtics against Portland was what has doomed them for pretty much the entirety of their current losing streak: their defense. Over this losing streak they have been giving up 110.9 points per 100 possessions. The Celtics are pretty devoid of any game-changing talent on either end of the floor.
Obviously the Blazers are one of the best offenses in the league and most teams in the league have issues when it comes to stopping them from scoring. However, the Celtics’ defense has been problematic as of late and, if I had to guess, will continue to be. Their schedule gets easier as they head back home for their next game, but their struggles will likely continue, even if their losing streak ends soon.