|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 20, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
This hasn't been fun. During the first 4 game losing streak the Celtics played with heart. This has been down right terrible. The defense has been M.I.A without question, and the heart just isn't there.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he felt his team allowed its struggling offense to dictate its defensive effort.
“I think until we establish a defensive mindset then you’re not going to be in games like (Tuesday’s) where you’re struggling to score,” said Stevens. “That’s what good teams do. Good teams guard all the time, and then the nights when they’re really on – like tonight for Houston – they’re going to blitz somebody. And the nights when you’re not, you’re still in the game and have a shot. And we’re not there.”
“I said throughout that (four-game winning streak) that I didn’t like where our defense was and I still don’t,” added the coach. “The biggest thing right now is just trying to fix it, whether that’s personnel which it very well could be, or whether that is scheme which it very well could be. We’ll look at it all.”
The defense has been passive, but what about the poor offense? Jeff Green has been crap with under 10 points per game during the current losing streak. Crawford has dropped as well. The Celtics average a little over 17 assists per game, and that's because they don't have a point guard. Pressey is a rookie, and outside of that the shooting guards are pitching in.
"Guys can take it one of two ways when adversity strikes: You can go inward or you can come together, and the most encouraging sign was the last quarter we played pretty well. I thought we played pretty hard, pretty well. It was our subs against their subs, and I thought we moved the ball. I thought we shared it."
I think Stevens will expect his team to learn from their misfortunes, and to learn from their pain of losing. He will want them to believe in something, and to believe in themselves. He will want them to turn adversity into ambition.