Well, it all comes down to this. The Celtics were embarrassed by the Atlanta Hawks in game two. Let that sink in Celtics fans, your team was embarrassed by the freaking Atlanta Hawks. I know injuries have hit the Celtics at the exact worst possible time, but still Tuesday's game was obnoxiously bad. The Celtics have made a habit of coming out insanely slow and digging themselves a hole that is almost impossible to dig out of. If that trend continues and happens tonight, the Celtics will lose once again to the Atlanta Hawks. That would put the Celtics in an 0-3 deficit to the Hawks and there is no way in hell they are digging themselves out of that one.
Right now, the Boston Celtics are 0-6 in the playoffs under Brad Stevens. That is not a reflection of the coach, as most believe he is doing what he can with the talent level on the Celtics' roster. However, if the Celtics go two years in a row with being swept in the playoffs, then it should be fair to criticize Stevens a little bit. He certainly is a promising coach, but maybe he isn't as far along as the Celtics media would like you to think if he cannot guide the Celtics to at least one playoff win in eight tries. If the Celtics come out flat and lose in front of their home audience, it will be a huge disappointment. This team has shown so much resilience throughout the season, to just fold in the playoffs for the second year in a row would be a disaster.
If the Celtics lose a hard fought series, there really is nothing to complain about. However, being swept in the first round of the playoffs two years in a row is a bad look, especially for a team hoping to make a big-splash in free agency this year. What the Celtics need is for Isaiah Thomas to channel his inner Larry Bird and drop 60 points on the Hawks tonight. Somebody needs to step up tonight or this series is over.