Projecting The Inconsistent Celtics From Here On Out

Monday, February 11, 2019 2:39 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 2:39 PM UTC

The Boston Celtics haven't been as dominant as expected this season amidst a bit of Kyrie Irving drama. What should Celtics backers expect the rest of the way. 

<p>Coming into the 2018-2019 regular season, the Boston Celtics were favored by many <a href="" rel="nofollow">to win the Eastern Conference. </a>With a young core, an off-season to return to full health and one of the deepest teams in the league in terms of talent, it’s no wonder they were the favorites.<br /><br />However, since the season started they haven’t lived up to expectations. Currently sitting at fifth in the East (35-21), Boston’s coming off of two straight losses after rattling off an impressive January and early February. Yet still, they’re way off of top seeds Milwaukee and Toronto, and star player Kyrie Irving is having his knee evaluated for an injury he suffered early in an embarrassing loss against the Clippers.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;☘️ Marcus Morris called out his Celtics teammates after tonight's epic collapse.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;🗣️ \"We don’t have no attitude, we don’t have no toughness. We ain’t having fun. It’s gonna be a long season.\"&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Ouch. 😳&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;⬇️ MORE (via &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@ASherrodblakely&lt;/a&gt;) ⬇️ &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 10, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>In terms of the rest of their season, Boston has one of the toughest remaining schedules in the NBA: Their opponents have a combined .529 win percentage, which ranks as the 7th toughest in the league.</p><p>Even with all this alarming news, Boston is still tied with Milwaukee as the second most likely Eastern Conference champion,<a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> per Bovada.</a> They have playoff experience and coach Brad Stevens is one of the best in the league, but concerns regarding minutes distribution and lack of long-term commitments to the team are starting to become reality.</p><p>Boston has a bright future. But as it stands, it doesn’t seem like this team is in the right frame of mind.</p>
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