The Celtics just cannot seem to build up any type of consistency right now, a troubling sign considering there are some much-improved teams in the Eastern Conference this season.
As of now Boston is 12-11 on the season, which is only good for third place in the Atlantic Division. They’re currently a game back of the Brooklyn Nets for second and 5.5 games back of the New York Knicks for the top spot.
The Celtics are in the middle of a tough road trip that’s seen them already play and lose to the Houston Rockets (101-89) and San Antonio Spurs (103-88).
On Tuesday night they will try and close out the trip on a positive note when they pay a visit to the Chicago Bulls. The NBA picks for this one will vary, but you know Boston will come out with a lot of energy to end this little slide they’re on.
There’s no time to rest after that game though as the Celtics will then immediately fly home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers the next day. The Cavaliers have Kyrie Irving back now and have been every bit as pesky as you would expect them to be. They may be a young team, but they’re not going to back down from anyone. That means the Celtics are really going to have to be focused on both ends of the court to avoid an embarrassing home loss.
To close out the week, Boston will play the Milwaukee Bucks, one of those improved teams in the East we were talking about. The Bucks are 12-10 right now, putting them second in the Central Division, and have talented guards in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis that will give Rajon Rondo and company a good fight.
In short, it’s another tough week for the Celtics. How will they cope?