The amount of panic threads on this site simply because the Celtics didn't start the season red hot and clicking on all cylinders is kinda astonishing.
Bench Brown and Tatum.
Stevens doesn't know how to coach good players.
Send Hayward to the G League.
Geesh. Thank God the Celtics have Stevens and Ainge and know not to do crazy, panicking things because a season and playoffs is a marathon, not a sprint.
It’s kinda funny that before the season, most of us expected a bit of a slow start. Then we have just that (but all losses were close until the final minutes) and people want to change everything.
It doesn’t take Ainge and CBS to not do some of these crazy propositions, any sane front office wouldn’t. 95% of fanbases wouldn’t suggest these ridiculous ideas.
I'm not sure about this. I recall quite a few people saying they expected Hayward, and to a lesser extent Kyrie, to start slow because of missing so much time last season. But as for the team overall, my impression was that most people here were expecting Boston to cruise to 60+ wins.
If we start to play a little better, let’s say we go 7-3 over our next 10. Then a little better, let’s say 8-2. That’s a 15-5 stretch, and would put us on 57-58 wins. I wouldn’t rule out 60 wins just yet. They can go on a nice run soon or in January that put us back on that pace (where we were just two games ago). At 6-2 and coming off defeating Milwaukee, we were all feeling good. Then a loss on a buzzer-beater and another in high-altitude against a 9-1 team backed by a career-game. If those two things happened in February, nobody would blink.
It’s really just so early and a 6-4 start is really not that big of a deal.
Kyrie did start slow. He’s picked it up, he’s looked really good. Gordon is still getting there. Horford is shooting career lows from field and deep. Tatum and Brown significant drops in percentages from last season. Smart 18.5% from deep.
These are starts that are unlikely to continue for much longer. They will get going soon.