If you asked anyone who the most disappointing team in the NBA was this year, you’d probably get two answers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. In all reality, the Lakers lost LeBron James to a long-term injury and either way weren’t expected to go too far in their first season together. The Celtics, on the hand, were expected to compete, if not win, an NBA Finals. It doesn’t look like that is happening.
The Celtics were led by Al Horford and two young stars, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, during the 2018 NBA Playoffs and made it all the way to a game 7 against LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward were being added to that mix and that would make for something great… we thought.
The Celtics have been struggling as of late, especially with Kyrie Irving on the court, losing 7 out of their last 8 with him playing. Jaylen Brown made Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe aware today that this losing environment is very ‘toxic:’
“The losing, it’s not a good feeling. I’m not too good about that. Because right now it’s not good. It’s toxic. I can’t really point out one thing. I don’t have all the answers. I’m just going to try to be part of the change. I’m going to try to do my best. That’s all I’ve got to say.”
Brown, who’s averaging 12.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in a bench role, said he’s trying to do his part to be a positive force.
“I just try to come out and play hard and hopefully that sparks some [change],” he said. “But it’s not just up to one person. It’s up to the whole group. Everybody has to be on page. If one person’s not on page, it’s going to affect the whole group. I just try to come out and play hard and see where that leaves me.”
The good news for the Celtics?
They have the most talent in the Eastern Conference, and still have a few weeks to turn it around and still compete for an NBA Finals.
I guess we must wait and see.