Boston, MA - In a series of games that did not go nearly as well as the Boston Bruins' undefeated start to their pre-season, the Boston Celtics are currently sitting at 1-2 during the NBA pre-season with their next game slated to be on October 6 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Celtics, who were just recently rated as the second most watchable team in the NBA for the 2018-19 season thanks to a lineup of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, and Gordon Hayward, started out well with a 115-112 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
In this first game, Irving led the charge with twenty-nine minutes played that netted him twenty points on fifty percent shooting with four assists to boot. Surprisingly, it was Guerschon Yabusele who wound up scoring the two winning baskets for Boston in the match and the team looked fairly promising, more so on offense than defense.
The next two games have been a bit of a let down for the Celtics as they still work to have their lineup gel together. A 104-97 loss to the Hornets saw one Brown emerge as one of the lone bright spots as he wound up with fourteen points scored in the game.
Spreading the ball around much more in their third pre-season game, the Celtics still fell to the reigning Eastern Conference champions and now LeBron James-less Cavaliers. They suffered another loss, 102-95, but there was much more of a team spirit as Marcus Smart led the team in points, Aron Baynes put up the most rebounds, and Horford actually recorded the most assists.
The most exciting play of the game for Boston was a slick, no look pass by Irving, but it was not enough to impress head coach Brad Stevens.
Stevens was quick to call attention to a lot of the problems that he sees with Boston. He said these issues are apparent and the team is going to have to play better, but he is glad that they can start ironing out their problems this early in the championship campaign.