Between losses and a devastating injury, the Boston Celtics’ season has not gone as planned thus far.
The Celtics have had a tough start to the year, with an opener in Cleveland followed by a home game against a very dangerous Milwaukee Bucks team. Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated, scoring 37 points on 22 shots, along with 13 rebounds, three steals, and three assists.
Kyrie Irving had a brutal performance, hitting just 7-of-25 shots for 17 points, and finishing with a plus-minus of -2 for the game. Late in the game, with the Celtics down one, Kyrie dominated the ball on a possession, settling for a contested corner three. Legendary Celtics color commentator Tommy Heinsohn couldn’t help but be very critical about the lack of ball movement on the possession.
Video, via TheBigLead:
Tommy already starting to get a little annoyed with Kyrie Irving iso ball? 😆😆 pic.twitter.com/BoVdHWbeGK
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) October 19, 2017
He didn’t name Irving, but his complaints continued for a few minutes down the stretch.
Milwaukee went on to win 108-100.
Heinsohn’s criticism was certainly not wrong. The Celtics offense, at least in that string of possessions, was stagnant, and did not resemble the beautiful brand of basketball that we usually see from Brad Stevens-coached teams.
Of course, this is not the team that the Celtics anticipated having to start the year. The horrible injury to Gordon Hayward takes away the team’s second-best player and offensive option to Irving, so there is a definite adjustment after going through all of preseason with the star wing. And, of course, the C’s were a few inches on an Irving shot from taking the Cavaliers to overtime in the season opener.
There are still 80 games for the C’s to figure things out, and odds are they will, but you can excuse some around the organization for being annoyed with how things have gone thus far.