Over the last 15 games, the Boston Celtics are 8-7 while averaging 102.4 ppg and giving up 101.06 ppg. In that span, the Celtics are giving up over 4 points per game more than their season average. Does this point to the beginning of a slump? I believe it is just that time of the season where the players are worn down from the schedule. Up to this point, the Celtics played the most games to begin the season, with playing 43 games in the first 82 days of the season, while they have one of the easiest remaining schedules of the whole league.
With the season over halfway done, the Celtics need to sign a free agent or two to come off the bench and help the second unit with scoring. With the trade deadline passing, and the Celtics not making a move surprisingly, the team should look to the players that are being bought out of their contracts and are available. A potential target for them includes Derrick Rose, who was traded from the Cavs to the Jazz and was waived by Utah following the trade. Since his glory days with the Bulls, he is averaging 16.4 points in 80 games with the Knicks and Cavaliers while shooting 46.7% from the field and shooting only 22.6% from 3. For his career though, he is averaging 19.2 points on 45% from the field and 30% from 3. The problem with this would be that he has left the Cavs and Knicks during the season without much of a warning and stayed away for a few days. Another target for the Celtics could be Ramon Sessions. The 10-year vet has shown that he is a good scorer off the bench with averaging over double digits 7 times throughout his career and for his career, he averages 10.4 points a game on 43.5% shooting from the field and 31.4% from 3.
They did manage to help with rebounding when they signed Greg Monroe for the rest of the season following his buyout from the Suns. Monroe averages 8.7 rebounds for his career. This was a good signing, as Monroe can fill in for Horford or Baynes throughout the game so that there is always a big on the court to protect the paint. In the three games that Monroe has played for the Celtics, he is averaging 4 points on 33% shooting and 5 rebounds per game.
The Celtics need to add one more scoring option to come off the bench, especially since they do not have Gordan Haywards scoring ability this year and most likely won’t have it until next season with the leg injury. The team needs to show that they can still keep up with the top teams in the league even with how young and inexperienced most of the players are.
If the Celtics want to be able to get deep through the playoffs, they will need to have capable scorers to come off the bench. They will also benefit from the return of Marcus Smart, one of the teams best defensive players, who has been out with a lacerated hand for the last 10 games. In those 10 games, the Celtics are 6-4 while averaging 104 points but also giving up 103 points. With two of those losses coming by at least 20 points and have fallen behind the Raptors for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. To help with the defense, they could sign a familiar face in Tony Allen now that he is a free agent following his release from the Bulls following his trade from the Pelicans.