Through 12 games, the Boston Celtics are sitting at a mediocre 6-6 record, but here’s why we shouldn’t panic.
The Boston Celtics just lost to the Golden State Warriors by 16 points, but it looked a lot worse if you were watching the game.
In their 104-88 loss, the team was led by their backcourt with Isaiah Thomas putting up 18 points and Avery Bradley chipping in 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Thomas did not hold back when explaining the reason for Friday’s loss to the Warriors.
“I guess we gave up,” said the All-Star point guard. “I mean, coaching staff as well. We started subbing, it was bad. Especially, I only played 27 minutes. We gave up.”
Thomas and Bradley aren’t the problem. Thomas is averaging 26.9 points and 6.6 assists per game. Bradley averages 18.5 points and a surprising 8.3 rebounds per game as a shooting guard.
The main reason the Celtics are off to such a slow start is the fact that they are missing two of their starters, Jae Crowder and Al Horford. Crowder has an ankle injury and Horford has missed the last eight games due to a concussion.
Crowder is their primary defender out on the wing along with Bradley. The loss of Horford costs them around 12 points and five rebounds, his averages through three games.
The Golden State Warriors went on an 18-0 run in the third quarter that pretty much sealed their sixth victory in a row. Klay Thompson led the team with 28 points followed by Kevin Durant with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Fans in Boston booed Durant for the majority of the game because the superstar small forward opted not to sign with the Celtics in the offseason. I think tonight showed them why the Warriors were the better choice.
Celtic fans shouldn’t panic just yet. Both Crowder and Horford could return to the lineup tonight in Boston’s second night of a back-to-back against the Detroit Pistons.