The Celtics have issues in the front court. Aron Baynes is out for the next couple of weeks with a broken hand. Al Horford has tendinitis issues. Marcus Morris is a little banged up. Sometimes when that happens a team can come together and prevail (the Hospital C’s). Sometimes…you lose to the Phoenix Suns 111-103. That’s the main talking point on this week’s Celtics Beat with guest Gary Washburn from the Boston Globe.
Can the Celtics survive the upcoming schedule with so many injuries? Washburn argues that good teams find ways to win, even when injuries become a problem. The Denver Nuggets have sustained some injuries this year and yet they still win. Golden State’s depth has taken a hit, but the machine keeps moving. Boston has one of the most talented rosters in the league led by a really good head coach. They can’t use the injury bug as an excuse anymore.
Furthermore, the schedule is about to get really tough. Philadelphia, Houston, Memphis, San Antonio, Minnesota are all coming up in this next stretch. Boston simply cannot afford to keep playing the way they are. Good teams are above .500. Great teams are significantly above it. This upcoming slate could determine where the C’s finish by the end of the year.
Adam and Gary also tackle the Jaylen Brown dilemma. He hasn’t looked the same this year at all. His shooting percentages have plummeted, he’s having trouble getting to the free throw line. Overall his confidence doesn’t seem like it’s all the way there. What can Boston reasonably expect from him going forward?
Finally the duo wraps up with more on the Anthony Davis front. New reports suggest that Danny Ainge is waiting patiently for The Brow to hit the market. What are the odds that the big man from New Orleans ends up in green and white? Gary and Adam discuss.
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3:26 – We have no idea what this team is yet
9:26 – Big-man depth getting put to the test
19:29 – Jaylen continues to struggle
27:48 – Effort levels are still low
34:31 – Davis rumors back to the forefront