The Boston Celtics hit a new low Sunday in Washington.
The Celtics fell 104-91 to the Eastern Conference-cellar-dwelling Wizards to drop to 13-13 on the season. They’ve now lost four of their last five and are 5-15 in their last 15 games.
So, how can the C’s right the ship? Some teams hold “players only” meetings when things go south, but according to Kemba Walker, no such meetings will be happening in Boston.
“Them players only meetings don’t work, to be honest,” the veteran point guard told reporters after Sunday’s loss. “We’ll figure it out. I’m gonna figure it out and get my guys together. I’ll figure it out.”
Walker appears to be hitting his stride an individual level, with 46 points on 46.7% shooting over his last two games after a rough start to the season. But injuries and inconsistent play have plagued the Celtics over the last 20 games, and they’re now just one game ahead of the No. 8 seed Toronto Raptors in the East.
While Walker is well aware of how bleak things look in Boston, he’s adopting an optimistic outlook.
“We’ve got to change some things, and we will,” Walker said. “I’m very confident that we will change things and we will continue to get better. It’ll change.
“It’s not a great feeling, the way we’re playing. It can’t get no worse than this. So, we’re going to fix it for sure.”
Walker’s teammate, Jaylen Brown, has a similar mindset about the current state of the Celtics.
“If you let it be rock-bottom mentality, then that’s what it’s going to be,” Brown said Sunday. “Come to play and let it show.”
The Celtics face a tough test Tuesday in the Denver Nuggets, who have won two in a row and can drop the C’s to under .500 with a win at TD Garden. With Marcus Smart still sidelined with a calf injury, Boston needs its healthy veteran leaders to step up and set the tone, or else things will indeed get worse for the green.