Boston Celtics: Midseason Report Card

2014-15 Celtics midseason report card

January, 24, 2015
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The Boston Celtics played Game 41 with Friday's 100-99 triumph over the Denver Nuggets. The team officially sits at the midway point of the 2014-15 regular season, which means it's the time of the year where we're supposed to grab our red pens and offer grades for the team's performance to this point.

A couple of the usual notes before diving into these progress reports. Grades are crafted based on expectations. A player may not be having the most statistically dominant season, but if they are exceeding expectations we had for them entering the year, then the grade will reflect it.

And we'll note here that grading a rebuilding team is a less-than-ideal process. Expectations are typically low and, particularly on a superstar-less roster, it's hard to be too harsh given that none of the players below are expected to carry a team (even one that's nine games under .500 at the turn).

Inevitably, there will be those upset by the sheer amount of B and C grades. Some will wonder, "How can a team be so bad with so many players with passing grades?" Well, it's simple: In the NBA you need some of your key players to be performing at an A-level in order to be truly competitive, especially those deemed your supertars. Boston has a bunch of young players that are trying to develop as individuals and as a team. We simply can't grade them harsher because the team is not successful.

And now, midway thoughts on your 2014-15 Celtics (players sort by playing time):




Midseason Grades: Unsatisfactory

January, 23, 2013
1/23/13
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Rookie Jared Sullinger is at the head of the class in our midseason report cards, but the rest of the Boston Celtics are struggling for passing grades:

Grading the C's at midway point

February, 25, 2012
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Let's not sugarcoat it: The first half of the 2011-12 season was a hot mess for the Boston Celtics, who stumbled into the All-Star break riding a Big Three-era worst five-game losing streak and owning a mere 15-17 record. That said, individual grades were decent, which suggests health was the biggest factor in Boston's inconsistent play. Check out our grades and offer yours:

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Isaiah Thomas
PTS AST STL MIN
20.3 5.7 1.0 26.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsI. Thomas 5.7
StealsM. Smart 1.2
BlocksK. Olynyk 0.7