The Celtics have dropped four of their last six games. The lack of production from the Celtics bench has undoubtedly been a major cause of this slump. For the Celtics to meet their aspirations of a championship, the bench must be more productive.
Four Points Against The Rockets
The Celtics and Rockets battled against each other in an overtime thriller a few Sundays ago. The Rockets would pull away however winning by one point. Tatum, Smart, Brown, and Hayward all had fine games scoring 98 points combined. The bench however would combine to score four points among four players. They also had a combined four shot attempts. So when either Tatum, Hayward, or Brown needed a rest, the scoring was just not there. The Rockets were able to focus defensively on the stars as the role players could not make the weak defense pay. Although Tatum scored 32 points, he only shot 33% from the field with 5 turnovers. A large part of this inefficiency was due to the heavy pressure being sent from the Rockets defense. But when Tatum found the open man from the bench unit, they just could not convert.
No Bench Production On Utah
Coming off a win against Cleveland, the Celtics looked to build some momentum against the Jazz. The Celtics starters would get off to a hot start, building an eleven point lead in the opening quarter. This lead would soon fall as the Jazz would win the quarter 30-29. This loss of the lead would once again come through a lack of scoring off the bench. The bench would combine to score 13 points through six players on the bench. Every Celtics bench players had a negative plus minus, while every starter had a positive one. The Celtics would once again lose a game they had a lead in.
17 Points Against The Thunder
Once again, the Celtics bench put up another lackluster performance against the Thunder. Across six players, the bench scored 17 points. The lowest scorer in the Celtics starting lineup was Daniel Theis with 11 himself. The Celtics would blow another double digit lead leaving Celtics fans fuming at this point with another blown double digit lead.
What Can They Do To Fix This Issue?
The four losses the Celtics took in their last six games had all included a blown double digit lead. These came against the Rockets, Nets, Jazz, and Thunder. Losses like these frustrate every part of the organization and especially upset the fans. So what should the Celtics do to fix this problem? The Celtics starting lineup seems to be capable of putting up leads against anyone, but the bench can not hold these leads. The issue from my perspective comes through some lineups Brad puts on the floor. A lineup with Marcus Smart as the main scorer will most likely struggle to score on a team like the Rockets where one of the two of Westbrook or Harden are in the game. When fully healthy, it is imperative that the Celtics have at least two of the four of Walker, Tatum, Hayward, or Brown on the floor. These players are enough to distribute on the floor so lineups that can not score consistently never hit the floor. If Brad can figure out the rotations to do this, the Celtics should not be blowing anymore more leads and should start to please the fans a bit more.
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