Christmas break comes at perfect time for struggling C's

Christmas break comes at perfect time for struggling C's
December 22, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Boston's 106-79 loss at Indiana was their third loss in a row, all of which involved them giving up at least 100 points.

You have players like Courtney Lee complaining about their role, turnovers becoming more rampant and the team seemingly drifting further and further away from their competitive identity.

Wanna get away?

The Celtics do - and should.

Without any games until Saturday, head coach Brad Stevens said the Celtics won't return to practice until Dec. 26.

Aside from the All-Star break, it's unusual for players to have so many days off in season.

But considering the issues that the Celtics are grappling with, a break like this could do them a world of good.

Aware of this, Stevens readily admits it won't be easy for him to detach himself even if it is for a few days.

"I have a hard time taking myself away from it, but I will," Stevens said. "I owe my kids and my wife that. Certainly I'll prepare well for our next practice which will be the 26th."

Between now and then, both players and coaches need to do some serious soul-searching and decide which direction are going.

Will they revert back to being the team that competed with any and every regardless of their record?

Or will they be the club we have seen this past week that seems to play themselves out of games down the stretch with bone-headed miscues sparked by a slew of ill-advised decisions at both ends of the floor.

Players knew the challenge that awaited them against Indiana (22-5), the best team in the Eastern Conference.

And while they certainly came in wanting to win, they at the very least expected to put up a better fight.

"We just didn't give the effort that we should have gave," said Boston's Avery Bradley. "It resulted in a loss. It's tough for everybody, especially going into this three-day break. But all we can do is look forward to the next game, and  just look to build and be a better team."

Celtics forward Jeff Green echoed similar sentiments.

"It'd be good for us," Green said of the time off. "After this (loss), get away from everything, relax and try to get our mindset back to the winning ways we had."