The Boston Celtics are facing a tough test in their quest to become playoff contenders.
The Celtics’ starting lineup is not very good and it is getting worse.
The top four scorers are all averaging less than 30 points per game.
The Celtics have the lowest points per possession average in the league and they rank dead last in assists per game and assist percentage.
The defense is not doing a good job protecting the rim and the offense is averaging a league-low 28.8 points per 100 possessions.
While the team is not expected to be a championship contender, the Celtics should not allow their team to slip into the second wild-card spot, as their roster needs to be upgraded.
This is especially true for Jae Crowder, who will likely have to be traded for a better player.
The new faces on the Celtics roster are:Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Garnett’s brother, has not been as good as he could be.
Garnett is averaging 23.3 points per night and the Celtics are one of the top teams in the NBA.
But he is shooting just 37.4 percent from the field and just 41.3 percent from three-point range.
He has averaged 12.9 assists per night in his last five games.
Bradley Beal has played only 13 games, but he is averaging 19.1 points per contest, which is more than 10 points per every game.
His scoring average is a career low, but his field goal percentage is at .471.
He is also shooting just 40 percent from long distance, which ranks last in the team.
Crowder and Beal should be the team’s only options at point guard, but their production is not great.
They are averaging 17.8 assists per contest and they have a career-high in turnovers (18).
They have allowed 105.5 points per 200 possessions.
The big man trio of Kelly Olynyk, Kris Humphries and Josh Richardson are averaging 13.7 points and 12.8 rebounds per game, but the team has allowed 106.8 and 106.4 points per games.
They rank last in offensive efficiency.
Jayson Tatum is averaging 17 points per day, but has averaged just 12.5 assists per day.
The team is giving up an average of 115.9 points per 48 minutes.
Tatum, who is averaging 11.9 rebounds per contest has played just 28.5 minutes per game this season.
The team’s other big question mark is its young center, Avery Bradley, who has been inconsistent all season.
Bradley is averaging 18.5 shots per game while shooting just 41 percent from deep and has shot just 24.7 percent from beyond the arc in his past two games.
The other question mark with Bradley is his injury history.
He missed all but one game last season and has missed eight of his last 10 games.
But the Celtics’ injuries have not been a major issue in the past, so this will be a challenging test for the team to overcome.
The only problem for the Celtics is that they have not made any significant additions to their roster.
The trade deadline is on March 10, and the team could still be in the playoffs with some of the players still on the roster.
If the Celtics do not make some moves this offseason, they will fall back to last in this year’s Eastern Conference standings.