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State of the Celtics: True Colors Starting to Show

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The Boston Celtics lost both games last week and now have lost three straight to fall to 12-17 on the season, before getting a win over the Cavs on Saturday. This puts them one game behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference. January is a tough month for the green team as they face a lot of Western Conference teams that are in the hunt and it is this stretch of contests that can make or break this season.

Weak play against similar teams

The Celtics once again held a double-digit lead against a squad with a similar record in the Washington Wizards and saw their lead evaporate as they lost 106-99 due to a stagnant defense from the second quarter on. The Celtics scored 42 points in the first quarter alone and the offense seemed to just sit and watch the shot clock wind down to try and just wait out the other team. The Wizards did not just sit there, however, and the Celtics lost their second straight contest after a string start.

Bad play against good teams

The Indiana Pacers are the best team in the Eastern Conference and smoked the Celtics last Sunday by a tune of 106-79. The Celtics failed to do much on the offensive end of the ball and the Pacers had their way on offense as well. It was a good old butt kicking and the C’s need to decide what kind of team they are before the All-Star break comes around.

Going Forward

The team will stay at home to face the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, who will be without Al Horford for some time. Then, they wrap up the week on Thursday with a contest at Chicago against the Bulls on Thursday.

My prediction: 1-1

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