Two Games into this playoff series against the Hawks and the Celtics have been horrible.
Seven points in the first quarter? Give me a break.
There are no excuses. The Celtics have no one to blame but themselves.
Where do I start? How about Jared Sullinger. He is playing for a contract as he will be a restricted free agent this summer. Well, don’t let the door hit your fat ass on the way out. Sullinger has been horrible in this series. He had a grand total of four points and four rebounds in what I considered a must win for the Celtics. Is it me or has Sullinger gotten heavier during the last six weeks? Once thought to be part of the Celtics’ future, he is now ancient history.
With Avery Bradley out, Marcus Smart got the start. He did less than nothing. His plus-minus was -20. Smart finished with three points on 1-for-11 shooting. He was the sixth pick in the 2014 draft. I don’t care how good a defender he is, unless he can start shooting the ball better and score some points he will go down as a bust.
I feel bad for Jae Crowder. He is a warrior but it is obvious how much his ankle is bothering him. Crowder shot 1-for-9 and finished with two points in 35 minutes. At least he has an excuse, unlike Smart and Sullinger.
After a wonderfully surprising regular season, the Celtics have come crashing back down to earth. They have a few players who would be middle of the bench players on really good teams. Who on the Celtics could start for Golden State, San Antonio, or Cleveland? The answer would be no one.
This series shows us how far away the Celtics are to being a true contender. Some would say they are just two players away.
But unfortunately those two players are Kevin Durant and Al Horford.