Diagnosing Boston Celtics’ Remaining Roster Flaws

November 9th, 2016 by Brian Robb Leave a reply »

The Boston Celtics are just six games into the 2016-17 NBA season, but concern is already starting to bubble up in the wake of a 3-3 start. 

Key rotation pieces, including Kelly Olynyk (shoulder), Marcus Smart (ankle), Jae Crowder (ankle) and Al Horford (concussion), have already missed time. But their absences do not excuse a defense that's allowing 111.8 points per game—the third-highest mark in the league. 

"We're coming out too cool," Smart said Monday of the team's play. "[Opposing] teams are coming out ready. We're so used to being the guys that are sneaking up on everybody; that's just not the case this year."

The Celtics have managed to stay competitive despite the inept defense, largely due to standout offensive performances from guards Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley. However, for a squad that had aspirations to be the best defensive team in the league, the regular season's first two weeks exposed glaring holes throughout the roster.

The eventual returns of Olynyk, Crowder and Horford should help stabilize some issues, but let's examine the flaws team president of basket ...

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