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State of the Celtics: Defense/Offense Struggles Continue

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Another week in the books for the Boston Celtics and, entering Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs, they have lost four straight, including a 24-point defeat against the Houston Rockets. The Celtics have had trouble on the offensive end in the last four games with an average of 88 points per game, but is that what is to blame for the four-game skid?

Defense showing lack of composure

It seems very strange to see the green team off to such a horrid start, but what is even worse is the defense. Besides the first game of the week which they allowed 89 points, the other three teams have scored an average of 108 points per contest. This type of effort on the defensive end is not like the Celtics from the last few seasons who were one of the best at keeping games close. The Rockets even shot 56.9 percent from the field and 9-of-21 from deep.

The Celtics are now 4-8 on the season and are looking like a team struggling to find a squad that can keep a team off the board.

Offense not finding rhythm

Jeff Green helped this team return to .500 with some great contests, but he has struggled in his last three contests. In his last two games, he has scored two and four respectively and has only 13 shot attempts. If Green can’t get anything going to the basket soon, then the Celtics will continue to struggle on the offensive side of the ball.

Guys such as Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley have stepped up in Green’s absence, but one single scorer putting up 20 or so points is not going to make this team a better offensive club. This team needs two or three players to score 15-20 points to have a chance at winning, but that won’t be happening any time soon.

Looking Ahead

The Celtics will play four games up until next Wednesday, including a contest tonight against the San Antonio Spurs, who has won three straight against the Celtics. The other three are against the first-place Indiana Pacers, the decent Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Celtics will look to at least win two of these four games in order to remain positive about the 2013-14 season.

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