I’ve written plenty of times already that this is not the season the Boston Celtics thought it would be. Not by any stretch or by any means is this what anybody thought it would be.
It’s been a weird week in TD Garden. Technically, the Boston Celtics can look forward to making an offer for Anthony Davis in the offseason, since the trade deadline has officially gone by without the star big being dealt to Los Angeles. That’s a win, I guess. But Boston’s primary competition in the East all got better. Philadelphia acquired Tobias Harris, Toronto acquired Marc Gasol and Milwaukee stole Nikola Mirotic from New Orleans.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics (who had won 10 of their previous 11) blew an 18-point lead to none other than the Los Angeles Lakers. Yes, the same Lakers that nearly traded half their roster for Anthony Davis just one day earlier. To top it off, former Celtic guard Rajon Rondo drilled a buzzer-beating shot to steal the game (and the rebound) right out from Boston’s grasp.
Saturday night, as the Los Angeles Clippers visited the Garden, Boston got off to a quick 28-point lead. Once again, they blew it. As they walked off the court of their 123-112 loss, Celtics fans booed. Again, this not the season they thought it would be.
Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13). Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
After the game, Marcus Morris sounded off on the performance. “For me, it’s not really about the loss, it’s about the attitude that we’re playing with,” Morris said. “Guys are hanging their heads. It’s not fun. We’re not competing at a high level. Even though we’re winning, it’s still not fun. I don’t see the joy in the game.”
Morris added that he still thinks the Celtics can make the necessary changes to become a championship-caliber team. After all, the team is just barely behind Philadelphia and Indiana for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings and can expect to climb to at least the third seed by season’s end. But with the All-Star Break coming up, the postseason is just around the corner. Time is running out for Boston to get it together.
With no significant change made before the trade deadline, this is the roster that they’ll have to stick with for the rest of the season. Danny Ainge freed up one roster spot by finally dealing Jabari Bird, who hasn’t been with the team all season. Fans can expect the Celtics to hit the buy-out market hard for a player that can jump right into the system and (hopefully) breathe some life into this locker room. Hopefully, for Marcus Morris’ sake, they’ll breathe some fun into it, too.