The Boston Celtics have hit a rough patch, as the team has lost two straight games in devastating fashion, blowing huge leads against the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at home.
Celtics veteran forward Marcus Morris had some troubling comments after the most-recent loss to the Clippers.
“For me, it’s not really about the loss, it’s about the attitude that we’re playing with,” Morris told reporters after the game. “Guys are hanging their heads. It’s not fun. We’re not competing at a high level. Even though we’re winning, it’s still not fun. I don’t see the joy in the game.
“I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench — they’re jumping on the court, they’re enjoying their teammates’ success. They’re enjoying everything, they’re playing together, and they’re playing to win. And when I look at us, I just see a bunch of individuals.”
A Boston Celtics insider had some insight into the Celtics’ team chemistry.
#Celtics locker room issues aren’t that big of a surprise to some NBA folks I talked to today. The consensus is that the players aren’t necessarily beefing but they aren’t that close. It’s like they are trying to coexist politely, and it’s not working,” Gary Washburn reports.
The #Celtics locker room issues aren't that big of a surprise to some NBA folks I talked to today. The consensus is that the players aren't necessarily beefing but they aren't that close. It's like they are trying to coexist politely, and it's not working.
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 10, 2019
Veteran NBA writer Sean Deveney weighed in with the following:
“Celtics’ problem has been known since May. Guys needed to sacrifice. But it’s easy to ask KG and Ray Allen to sacrifice. They were 32 and 31. Not easy to ask Tatum (20), Brown (22), Rozier (24) to sacrifice. They’re still making their names, trying to earn 1st contracts, etc,” he tweeted.
Also, you have a coach who is a terrific Xs and Os guys but just does not have a lot of locker room management experience. And it's showing.
— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) February 10, 2019
It’s tough to argue with that.
The Celtics are still in decent shape at 35-21 on the season, but they look far from the team many expected to show up during the 2018-19 season.
We’ll see if that changes after the All-Star Break.