You can count on many things as virtual certainties. Death, taxes, and Danny Ainge wiggling himself into trade rumors this time of year.
If I had to pinpoint the reasons for the Celtics recent struggles after a strong start to begin the season, I’d blame the irrational heavy schedule featuring nine games in fourteen days. Teams like San Antonio, Detroit, Milwaukee and Phoenix combining to shoot for 52.7 percent from the field. Playing Enes Kanter. Lastly, coming to the realization that Gordon Hayward will never, ever return to what he once was.
After a disappointing loss to the Toronto Raptors, who were missing Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol, it was later reported Enes Kanter met and talked to court-side attendees actor Donnie Wahlberg, Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and supermodel Jenny McCarthy. A who’s who of bad vibes. No wonder we lost. This also exemplifies the fact Kanter, despite all he’s gone through recently with the government of Turkey wanting his head on a pike is politically naive and also a giant doofus. Fitting on his on-court persona perfectly.
Tons of NBA teams are in need of a drastic change to fix their oddly constructed rosters. Two teams that come to mind are Houston and Philadelphia.
Currently riding a hot streak without Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward in the lineup, the Celtics have managed to scourge together a respectable three-game win streak due in large part to the hot hands of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scoring 165 points between them. The Jays have raised to the occasion in the Celtics time of need and as the team departs for their Christmas Day game versus the Toronto Raptors, they will do it without center Enes Kanter. A decent rebounder, a liability almost everywhere else.
We’ve blinked and have already crossed the twenty-games threshold. Teams who’ve began with slow starts, all hope is not loss for many. Perhaps a trade could reinvigorate a stagnant roster. I say this and think of Portland. Following a low key disastrous summer, trading Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard for Hassan Whiteside, Portland has taken noticeable steps backward.
It was the night every thing went right for the Celtics, as they cruised to their fifteenth win on the season over the now 15-6 Miami Heat. Both teams were in somewhat compromised positions. Miami was missing guard Goran Dragic, and head coach Erik Spolstra was absent to witness the birth of his second child. The Celtics slotted rookie Grant Williams in place of Marcus Smart who was out with an undisclosed illness, and Hayward with his fractured hand.