The Celtics Need to Adopt the "Patriot Way"

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Comments by the Celtics’ Marcus Morris after the team blew a 28 point lead and lost to the L.A. Clippers on Saturday night shined a spotlight into what is going on behind the scenes with the C’s.  After falling just short of making the NBA Finals last season without the services of superstars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Heyward, the Celtics were expected to walk all over their NBA Eastern Conference this season.  With nearly two-thirds of the season gone, the Celtics have been inconsistent at best and (as of the writing of this article) sit in fifth place in the East, 6.5 games behind the Conference leading Milwaukee Bucks.

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After Saturday night’s loss, Morris opened up to the media about his thoughts on the State of the Celtics.  This is not the first time Morris has expressed his frustration, but on Saturday night he opened his vault.  “For me, it’s not really about the loss,” said Morris.  “It’s about the attitudes thaty we’re playing with.  Guys are hanging their heads.  It’s just not fun.  It’s not fun.  We’re not competing at a high level.  Even though we’re winning, it’s not fun.  I don’t see joy in the game.”

“I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench,” continued Morris.  “They’re jumping on the court, they’re doing all of this other stuff that looks like they’re enjoying their teammate’s success, they’re enjoying everything, and they’re playing together and they’re playing to win.  And when I look at us, I just see a bunch of individuals.”

The comments by Morris not only expose troubles in the Celtics locker room, they serve as a stark contrast to what was recently accomplished by the Patriots.  Could there be a greater dichotomy between the two franchises?  The Celtics are loaded with individual talent, and boast one of the top ten players in the game in Kyrie Irving.  Yet they are struggling to put it all together and function as a team.  They are having difficulty finding the chemistry and willingness to play as a team that they exhibited in last year’s playoffs.

In comparison, the Patriots lacked individual talent when compared to their competition.  They boasted only two players who earned All-Pro recognition, and yet they were able to get all players to buy into a team concept and were a true example of a team that became greater than the sum of its parts.  The performance of the defense in Super Bowl LIII should be recognized with those of the great Bears and Giant teams in the 80’s, yet they lacked the superstar player like Mike Singletary or Lawrence Taylor.  What they did have was every man willing to sacrifice their individual interests for the good of the team.

Bill Belichick found a way to make his players give in to their individual interests in favor of the best interests of the team.  Celtics Coach Brad Stevens is now faced with that challenge.  It will be interesting to see how the Celtics perform going forward.  Stevens has to find a way to convince his team to sacrifice their individuality and buy into the team concept if they want to make another run at the NBA title.  If he can’t, Danny Ainge may be forced to make wholesale changes in the off season.  


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