C's look to bounce back with win against Pacers
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Celtics will try and break their four-game losing streak as they host the Indiana pacers Friday night at the TD Garden.
The last time the Celtics won a game was Christmas Day against the Brooklyn Nets.
Since then, the Celtics have been all but humiliated in each of their losses, trailing by at least 15 points against the Clippers, Warriors, Kings, and Grizzlies.
Despite the C's struggles, it could be a case of déjà vu.
After a slow start, the Celtics said this season was a work in progress. And Doc Rivers believed, “If this was game 30 and we were playing like this consistently, then I would be worried.
The Celtics are now 31 games in, and their work in progress report card reveals more than a worried coach.
“Until you go on a roll and start playing well getting people's notice, no. I don't think anybody fears us right now,” said Doc Rivers, head coach.
And losing eight out of their last 10 games, the group of guys that were known to help carry the Celtics are also part of the weight that now holds them down.
“That's basically how our team's played in spurts. Not just our bench; I thought our starters were the same way. Starters started off first eight minutes really well, then they didn’t play well. So unfortunately right now, where we're at, that's who we are,” Rivers said.
There’d still hope for the Celtics. With a win Friday night against the Indiana Pacers, they would improve to 15-17 overall. If that sounds like a familiar mark, it's because that's exactly where the Celtics stood one season ago through 32 games before making a run to the door step of the NBA Finals.