|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 4, 2013 at 6:10 AM|
The Celtics have seemed overwhelmed at the end of games. In those three games the Celtics could have won them all. Failing doesn't make you a failure, it only makes you stronger. Only if you use what you've learned to good use. I think this isn't a shock. The Celtics are 0-3 without Rondo. The Celtics have shown hardwork, and mental errors. Those errors have thrown the hardwork down the drain, but not the lesson.
While victories will be few and far between for this club, they will have many moral victories that will shed a light on the era to come. I think the Celtics have shown us that tanking isn't apart of who they are. They fought to win all three games so far, and they just fell short. I think what Stevens has proven that his ideas work, but the team is young, and lets face it. The only star on this team at the moment is out.
“I’m not trying to count moral victories right now, but positive things are happening. I know our guys were frustrated (Friday) night because they thought they had one, but I see a lot of good stuff out of a lot of individuals. I’m happy and confident with the way they’re playing and just feel like it’s a work in progress.”
New coach Brad Stevens had a similar response on the matter of the need for victories to prevent things from getting out of hand.
“No question,” said Stevens. “I think one of the things that I’ve always had as kind of a personal theory is you never let a molehill become a mountain. You address things quickly and initially and you go from there.
“You’re going to have moments of friction throughout the course of any season. You’re going to have tense moments. You’re going to have moments where you win and shouldn’t, don’t win and should have. And both of them pull and tug at you and challenge you in different ways. But you have to address the things that aren’t going well so that then you can move forward.”
As will be the case the entire season, the success of the Celtics cannot truly be measured by what happens on the scoreboard.
“The hardest part is that we’ve really made a lot of progress,” said Stevens. “And what’s difficult is maintaining a positive feel about yourself as you’re not getting the results you want."
I'll go out on a limb. I think the Celtics win in Memphis, and maybe just maybe. Jeff Green comes out with a big night.