Celtics Early Season Struggles

by Jim Cain  11-6-13

© Zou Zheng/Xinhua Press/Corbis

© Zou Zheng/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Basketball has a funny way of working out sometimes.

The majority of the early part of the season has not gone the Boston Celtics’ way.

The Celtics enter tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz with a 0-4 record, which marks the team’s worst start since 1969.

While all seems gloomy, the Celtics could just as easily be 4-0. Boston has held leads late in the fourth quarter in each game and have not lost any game by more than ten points.

This team has battled and shown an unwillingness to give up in any of these games, which for all intents and purposes is all any fan can ask.

Some of the team’s positives include Jeff Green, who seems to have embraced his role as the team’s number-one scorer. Green has turned in 16.8 points per game over the first four games.

Vitor Faverani has surprisingly become a force at the center position. The 6’11’’ rookie is fourth in the league in blocks per game and has played tough defense on a nightly basis.

Then there are the negatives, and the numbers are simply atrocious.

The Celtics rank in the bottom three of the league in three very important categories: rebounds per game, points per game, and turnovers per game.

No one said this was going to be pretty, and luck hasn’t exactly been on the Celtics’ side thus far either.

But Boston needs to sit tight and remember the words Alfred told Bruce Wayne: things always get worse before they get better.