Could the Celtics be in for a big let down in the playoffs now that Kyrie has been ruled out for the rest of the season and the playoffs? The men in green have had a bad case of the injury bug all year, starting in the opener. I recommend you check out my previous post on their injury situation. The all-star guard has already missed 18 games up to this point in the season. In those 18 games, the Celtics are 12-6 while shooting 43.9% from the field and 38.3% from 3 and averaging 99.3 ppg. Whereas when he does play, the team is 41-19 and shoots 45.2% from the field overall and 37.5% from 3 while averaging 105.2 ppg.
To show the impact on offense of Kyrie missing games, we must go deeper into the stats. We must look at the shots the team takes. When Kyrie plays, the team averages 38.6 made field goals to go along with 85.4 attempts from the field overall and 11.9 3s made and 31.6 3’s attempted. When you look at those same numbers but from the games that he misses, all of those numbers shrink. Overall, the team averages 36.6 field goals made and 83.3 attempts from the field. From 3 they make an average of 10.3 against 26.8 attempts in the 18 games that he has missed. so, yes the team shooting percentage barely changes but when you look at it from makes and attempts, it shows a little bit bigger change from when he is on to when he is sidelined.
For the Celtics to succeed in the playoffs this year everyone has to contribute more than in the regular season. The younger players who have had little time, have to use the time they get in the players wisely and help contribute and not just score between 2-5 points, even though every point is important, they have to put more effort in other areas and try to take some of the pressure off the vets. I know that they should be doing that anyway, but to help get deep into the playoffs with so many injuries, young players need to be pushed out of their comfort zone in games and given more opportunities to show that they are capable of scoring during important stretches and keeping the offense floating when the vets are on the bench. It’ll really be important these last four games and the playoffs since Kyrie counts for almost 25% of the scoring offense for the team.
The playoffs will not be easy for the Celtics, but I still believe that they will at least get to the second round of the playoffs and that series will go 7 games.