When LeBron James Cleveland left again last summer, the East was open for acceptance – and it was clear who he would take it.
The Celtics went into this season as the appearance of all teams outside the Golden State, which was a dynamic, young heart taken by James Cavaliers to Game 7 of the final Eastern Conferences. Boston had a gift after a four-year Cleveland regiment east of the East without injured injured Kyrie, notwithstanding five minutes from the first year of the Gordon Hayward Max League contract, which suffered a unique leg injury in the opening of the team season.
Both Stars would be back on this season. The young heart would only improve. He wants the first half years, or so.
In a way, the Celtics finished out of their own building before the first All-Star break, after being 28 points on the Scarlets on Saturday night. Two days before, the Celtics awarded a 1
"If [this is who we are] we will not go for a long time," said coach Brad Stevens. "I think I must look at myself first and find out what I can do to help it not happen … If that means we have to play a different rotation, call different things, start differently in the fourth no matter what the case is. We have an answer and we need it. "
Veteran Marcus Morris explained why the conference is the fifth best in the East; An answer that produces only more questions.
"About me, it's not really because of the loss, it's because of our attitude," Morris said after a Saturday loss. "We're not funny, we're not competing at a high level. While we get it, it's not fun. I do not see joy in the game.
" I'm watching the other teams This is all over the series and the men are on the bench – they are jumping at the court, they are enjoying the success of colleagues. They are enjoying everything, they are playing together, and they are playing to win. And when I look, I see many people. "
Some people met the problem.
Hayward, 28, returned as the player before the injury, averaging 10.8 points, while shooting 31.7 percent from the outline. He has a 21.9 point season in Utah, and he hit 39.8 percent of the three points.
Irving, 26, scores (23.6) and helps (6.9), but seems to have retired On his pre-season re-signing his commitment to the Celtics (35-21) this summer, and it was not easily translated into a leadership role. Last month, Irving asked his younger colleagues by calling on James, apologizing to his actual partner Cavs to create problems in his early life.
"I have made a bad job for example, setting out for these young people what is good to get something from your team, "Irving said later." Going on, I want the people test this young person, but I can not do it in public. That was a learning experience for me, I increase my voice and what this means for these men. "
The young heart, dating from a country, did not accept as much weights as expected. Jayson Tatum, 20, has not yet risen and his shooting percentages appear. Jaylen Brown, 22, and Terry Rozier, 24, keys to the global road run in Boston, have seen their minutes with the Hayward and Irving result. Stevens has been struggling to find the ideal balance in the Lineline teams and a rocket room that are not yet shared but unconnected.
Two months before the playoffs begin, the Celtics time together. The talent is so great with a team in the East. But the Finals were only harder, with Toronto, Philadelphia and Milwaukee all loaded at the trading deadline, and Boston was quiet.
The future is much more insecure than ab I never know it.
"It's difficult to reach just four and it has three straight," Morris said a few weeks earlier. "I would be convinced if I said we knew our identity because this is not a good team identity."