The Boston Celtics are the team everybody's talking about right now but not for the best reasons. They've dropped 10 of their past 15 games, blowing up big leads, and losing vs. teams that they were supposed to beat with ease.
Some people believe that Brad Stevens is on the hot seat, with the team continuing to slide in the Eastern Conference standings and struggling to get it together on both ends of the floor.
That, plus the history of troubled relationships within the locker room, forced young star Jayson Tatum to clear the air and let everybody know that there's no bad blood between the team:
"Despite the Celtics sitting under .500, Tatum said the team hasn’t lost faith in each other or in the organization, despite some scuttle to the contrary. Tatum said everyone is focused on turning the season around: “Everyone in that locker room and organization cares. We want to figure it out. It’s not a chemistry thing. It’s not that we don’t enjoy being around each other and playing with each other. We do. We’re all frustrated with ourselves and how we’re playing as a team. We want to figure it out. That we care is a positive I’m taking away from right now," Keith Smith of SB Nation said, as quoted by ClutchPoints.
The Celtics' locker room issues of the past couple of years have been well-documented. From Marcus Smart getting in their faces to Kyrie Irving venting out his thoughts, the organization hasn't exactly been functional over the past 4 years or so.
Then again, the Celtics have enough talent on their roster to get it together. They need to do some soul-searching, regroup, and go back to what worked out best for them. It's too early to hit the panic button, but they better straighten the course of the ship before it's too late.