In the movie industry, some films get massive budgets that are over hundreds of millions of dollars. The movies sometimes attract major movie stars and generate a ton of hype. Ultimately, some of those films become box office flops and fail to make enough money. Sound familiar?
The Boston Celtics in the Jayson Tatum/Jaylen Brown era are a box office flop. For much of the Jays era, the Cs have been the talk of the league and a major contender. They have added star power to surround the Jays, yet they still can’t perform in the postseason when it matters most.
At this point, it's fair to wonder, will the Celtics ever get over being a flop?
Although the Cs are a league-best 40-12 as of this writing, there are still flaws that could hold them back from winning a title. The lack of depth or at least guys you can truly trust off the bench in a playoff game is a concern. At this point, how many guys off the bench can you realistically trust in a playoff game? Al Horford, Payton Pritchard, and possibly Sam Hauser or Xavier Tillman?
In the playoffs, you need guys you can trust, and the Celtics simply don’t have many.
The Celtics are also too far in their own way when it comes to analytics. Cs head coach Joe Mazzulla is so enamored with shooting three-pointers and outsmarting everyone, and it ultimately comes back to hurt the Celtics.
Boston Celtics may not be tough enough to win a title
I have real concerns that the Celtics will ultimately come up short once again due to their offensive philosophies.
The same can be said for their star power, as the additions of Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday have not done much to change the overall toughness of the team. Similar to a big-budget movie, the Celtics have all the stars needed for success, but will it translate when it matters most?
The true test will come in the three-month gauntlet stretch from April to June. Will the Celtics perform, or will they flame out and be similar to a box office bomb?
Only time will tell.