The Boston Celtics ended their seven-game homestand on February 9 night with a 5-2 record. Despite the inspiring record, most Celtics fans are left feeling uneasy. The Cs were not great for much of the homestand, barely beating bottom of the standings teams and losing two games poorly to both Los Angeles teams.
When you compare the way the Celtics are closing out the stretch before the All-Star break to last season, the similarities are striking. Could this be a sign that the Celtics are no different from last year; which ended in heartbreak?
Last season, the Celtics went 5-2 in the seven games before the All-Star break, dropping two winnable games and scraping by low-quality opponents. The Celtics are continuing that trend this season, considering they look like they are suffering from boredom. Once again, Boston appears to be bored at this point in the season, which is a cause for concern despite the winning.
The concern lies in what happened last season as the Celtics closed the season, finishing 15-8 in their last 23 games. Boston's poor close to the season carried into the playoffs, leading to a loss in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat. The poor second half of last season has to be on the C's minds this year. The Celtics have to show that they are not a front-running team and actually put together a dominant year from wire to wire.
This season is playing out similarly to last season for the Boston Celtics
So far, this season has been almost identical to last year, with the whole difference being the supporting cast. It's up to the Celtics to decide how they want to be playing come playoff time because they have proven that they are not a team that is capable of just flipping a switch whenever they want to.
Ultimately, it will be interesting to see how the Cs approach the rest of the season following the All-Star break. Because it could just be make-or-break again.