It is cliche to say something is a roller coaster, but this Celtics season has really been a roller coaster. It kind of got swept under the rug with all the Pats and Red Sox happenings, but Jae Crowder had some interesting comments a couple days ago after another C's loss to the Orlando Magic.
Crowder had this to say, "We haven’t built our identity yet as a unit. Coaching staff hasn’t figured it out yet. We don’t have set rotations. A lot of guys don’t know where we’re going to play or what time we’re going to play. It’s affecting us a little bit. We’ve got to figure it out as a unit, figure it out as a coaching staff. We gotta build our identity in who we want to be. We’re a month into the season and we haven’t figured it out."
These are pretty telling comments from the starting swingman and they highlight a main problem most Celtics fans have with this team. We have no consistency. Jared Sullinger is our best big man and its not even close, yet Stevens plays him 20-something minutes a night. That is unacceptable and needs to change. I am sure other players have a right to be angry at times with Stevens fluid rotations.
The only thing I disagree with in that quote is that they have no identity. Actually, the Celtics identity is simple: defense, defense, and some more defense. The Celtics have, with Marcus Smart playing, quickly become one of the better guard defenders in the league, most notably shown when they shut down James Harden a week or so ago. Hopefully they start to tighten up and maybe squeeze some guys out of the rotation, or make a trade.
I have been hammering for Danny Ainge to make a move for the past month or so and I really do believe one is coming. Brad Stevens has said somewhat recently that he still sees a future for Tyler Zeller on this team. Zeller right now is barely getting any time, which means a trade could be in the future. I do not think Kelly Olynyk has a future on this team and he is the most likely to be traded, hopefully before December is over.
All that being said, they got back on track the other night in Miami winning 105-95 behind Avery Bradley's 25 points. The Celtics over the past couple years have been an astoundingly good team coming off a loss in road back to backs, and they continued that by beating the Heat.
Hopefully they can keep their momentum and bring it all the way to Mexico City where they play Rajon Rondo and the Kings Thursday.
By Jack Journeay