Something is different in Boston. This time last year there was a buzz in the air that couldn't be matched. The team was having fun, growing together, and winning games in the process.
Over the summer, though the team got healthier, things just aren't the same and the team finds themselves suffering for it. After starting off the season with Championship aspirations, they've looked stale so far, sitting at 5th in the East with a 35-21 record.
Marcus Morris, who has been with the squad for a number of seasons, recently spoke up about the issues plaguing his team, noting that none of them were even having fun anymore.
“It hasn’t been fun for a long time," Morris said. “I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench … they’re enjoying everything, and they’re playing together and they’re playing to win. And when I look at us I just see a bunch of individuals.”
Their most recent loss came on Saturday night, where the Celtics blew a 28-point lead to the Clippers at home.
If that performance is a sign of the state of the team, then it's clear there are some real and serious problems for them right now.
With the trade deadline come and gone, there will be no easy fix, either. Rather, it will be up to the individuals to start playing like a team again.