## Celtics Need To Focus On Winning

As the second half of the 2019 NBA season approaches, the Boston Celtics need to focus on winning. With, rumors of Kyrie Irving leaving and Pelicans star Anthony Davis demanding to be traded winning is secondary. In this post, we will review three areas why the team needs to focus on winning rather than trade talk.

## Celtics Need To Focus On Winning

Less Finger pointing; Since the start of the season, the Celtics have been at the center of finger _pointing.  Guard Terry Rozier was complaining frequently regarding his lack of playing time. Forwards Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown were having a heated argument in a game just before the All_Star break                                                                                                                                                                                            Head coach, Brad Stevens has been criticized by the media for not being tough enough on his players. Last season at this time the Celtics were in first place without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Fans have been waiting patiently for Hayward to play at his full potential.

Team Lacks Leadership; At the midway point of the season, the Celtics find themselves tied in fourth place with Philadelphia in the NBA East. So far this season, it has all been Kyrie Irving. Irving has been averaging 25 30 points a game regularly forward Gordon Hayward has been mediocre since coming off a season _ending 2018 injury. If the Celtics expect to reach the finals, it will be done with teamwork and leadership rather than finger pointing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Balanced Attack; With the second half of the season about to start, the Celtics find themselves tied for fourth place in the NBA East with Philadelphia. Considering all the drama, the team has a well balanced_ attack. Outside of Kyrie Irving’s  25 points a game, the club has been getting valuable performances from Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris. Jaylen Brown is improving while playing on the second unit. Overall, the club ranks ninth on offense and fifth on defense. Playing together is the only way they can reach the NBA finals.

## Celtics Need To Avoid Any Potential Identity Crisis

The 2018/19 Boston Celtics have been a victim of inconsistency. Poor shooting from the field has the Celtics hovering in third place in the NBA East. Despite coming off an eight winning streak the team can’t find an identity. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the Celtics Need to Avoid any potential identity crisis.

Celtics Need To  Avoid Any Potential Identity Crisis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dominant Kyrie Irving; Considering the fact that the Celtics rank 10th in the league the offensive category they still lack a balanced attack from both the first and second units. Irving has been averaging 16 points per game followed by Jayson Tatum 16points and Marcus Morris 15 points per game.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recently, head coach Brad Stevens announced that Jaylen Brown has been demoted to the second unit. Brown has also suffered injuries sustained from an early season concussion. Brown has been criticized heavily by the Boston media for not playing up to his potential. If the club expects to move ahead of Philadelphia and Toronto then Brown needs to step up his game.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Inconsistency from the field;  Anybody who has been watching the Celtics knows that they’ve been terribly inconsistent from the field. Some nights their either hot and other nights their ice cold. Especially from the three_ point area the Celtics have struggled and lost games due to poor shooting.  Terry Rozier the team’s leader off the bench has only been averaging 10 points per game  and has been complaining about his lack of minutes. Last season for, example Rozier took over for the injured Kyrie Irving and was a major factor in the teams post _ season success.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Rash of Injuries; One of the reasons that Brad Stevens is one of the leagues best coaches is how he utilizes his players. Injuries are part of every sport. This season the Celtics have seen their share. Injuries to Aron Baynes,  Al Horford, and Jaylen Brown. Gordon Hayward is still working his way back into form,   from season_ ending last season. If the organization hopes to reach the finals a healthy Celtics team is a must.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Looking Ahead; If the Celtics expect to make a run for the Finals they need to make a statement now. Third place in the East is a far cry from last seasons first_place finish. Before they have any hopes of the Finals they need to overcome Philadelphia and Toronto, first.

# Rumors never cease in Boston. The latest rumor from ESPN this week has the Celtics very interested in Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving. Let’s take a look at three factors why the Celtics shouldn;t make this deal.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Reson number one is Isaiah is currently the best best point guard in the NBA East. homas averages approximately 25-30 points per game. Irving avearages between 18-25 points per game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Secondly Thomas is a better passer than Irving. This should mix well with the addition of small forward Gordon Hayward. The Celtics haven’t had a better passer since Rajon Rondo, or going further back which would of been Larry Bird.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Thirdly Thomas is a better three point shooter than Irving Thomas has an average of 350 or some stretches at 400. Irving is close behind but Thomas is slightly better.                                                                                                                                                                  Another point to consider is Thomas has been in the league longer than Irving. Thomas was originally drafted by the Kings. He was then  dealt to the Suns . GM Danny Ainge traded for Thomas three and a half years ago.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Irving is twenty five but is not as polished or experienced as Thomas. Thomas is well groomed in playoff competition as is Irving playing with LeBron for the past several years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Boston needs to hang on to Isaiah . He is the heart and soul of the Celtics. Since coming over three and half years ago the Celtics are very close for winning the Eastern conference championship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      During the playoffs Thomas lost his sister and got his tooth knocked out of his jaw all in one night. Plus he went on to participate in a   playoff game and it turned out to beone of the best games of his career.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Making a trade for Kyrie Irving would cost the Celtics dearly. Such a trade would cost the Celtics Thomas, Jae Crwder and either Jaylen Brown or Jason Tatum.  Not to mention the 2018 Laker pick they acquired just before the draft.                                                                                                                                                                            Make no  mistake about it Kyrie Irving is probably one of the top ten players in basketball. But if the Celtics want to cobtinue to advance in the playoffs they should not trade Isaiah Thomas.

## What Markelle Fultz Brings To The Table

With the NBA draft a few days away the Boston Celtics have the number one pick. With GM Danny Ainge at the helm their’s no telling what can happen.  The common name everyone expects is Wasington Husky sharpshooter Markelle Fultz. Personally I like Kansas small forward Josh Jackson.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       No matter how you look at either one will help and make your team better.Fultz has a field goal percentage of 64% and a three point percentage of 41%. This   is an area that the Celtics desperately need help in,especially in the playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Celtics current group of Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas is   as good as it gets. Thomas is the bestpoint guard in the East. Rozier isin’t bad either. Marcus Smart however is one of the best shut down guards in the league but terrible offensively. So if the Celtics take Fultz he would be a nice shot in the arm. Thomas is a liability on defense and Fultz has a good reputation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This leads us to plan B.Kansas Jayhwk small forward Josh Jackson. Jackson has the perfect build for a wingman. He stands6’8” 207 lbs. Tough mentally and a great defensive reputation. Much better defensively than Fultz. With that being said the better choice for the Celtics is Jackson.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jackson led the Jayhawks to a 31-5 season record only to lose the Ducks of Oregon. Jackson shoots 37% from 3 point land and has a field goal percentage of 54% He also averages 7.5 rebounds per game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If the Celtics don’t take Fultz then Jackson is the perfect alternative. The Celtics never replaced hall of famer Paul Pierce since he left. Jackson has all the makings to be an elite NBA player.