The Boston Celtics haven’t exactly gotten off to the start that many envisioned when the 2018-19 season began.
The Celtics are 9-9 so far this season and have lost three consecutive games entering Friday’s contest against the Atlanta Hawks. Following Wednesday’s loss at the hands of the New York Knicks, Kyrie Irving made it clear that the team isn’t happy with their start, but is by no means “pushing the panic button” early on.
Irving added that the Celtics aren’t getting off to the best starts during games and have minor things that they can fix going forward.
Head coach Brad Stevens has tried to shake things up in the early going with recently deciding to bring Gordon Hayward off the bench over the last two games. Even with Hayward coming off the bench, the Celtics have still dropped both of those games and even dropped the prior contest against the Utah Jazz. Now the team is dealing with the injury bug as versatile forward Al Horford is most likely going to miss Friday’s contest against the Hawks.
The Celtics were expected to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and potentially even the team that could dethrone the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. However, the Celtics haven’t won more than two consecutive games at any point during the month of November and have been as inconsistent as a team could possibly be thus far. While it’s too early to panic, Boston definitely needs to increase their level of play going forward.