The Boston Celtics yet again failed to hold their winning momentum as they lost against the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have been very inconsistent this season but were good enough for Brad Stevens’ Celtics as they edged out with a scoreline of 110-106.
It could have been worse for the Celtics had they not imposed themselves after they were trailing by a huge margin of 19 points. The Spurs were buoyed by the great performances of DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge as they scored 21 and 20 points respectively. Although both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum played well it was just not enough for the Celtics on the night.
So what exactly was the problem for the Celtics? Former NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins said, “It is all about accountability and looking at yourself in the mirror. This is not the same Celtic team defensively that I saw last year. Jayson Tatum had taken a step forward defensively. Jaylen Brown is still being Jaylen Brown. Kemba has to get better.”
Kemba Walker has not lived up to the expectation ever since his return from injury. He only scored 14 points and has not been that good defensively. Perkins said, “Kemba has to take pride because a lot of people are starting to search him out like they do Steph Curry. And he doesn’t want to get that target on his back. By the way, the Bigs do a great job of containing the pick and roll and guarding the pick and roll.”
With the big three returning to the fray head coach Brad Stevens will have to find a way to get them to work together. While a single loss does not mean anything as this is the same Celtics team which was in great shape last year and gave a tough fight to the Miami Heat for the ticket to the Finals. Hopefully, if Walker comes back to form, the Celtics should be back on track for the remainder of the season.