The Celtics are on a four game losing streak. They’re 20-21 at the halfway point for the season. What are they missing? A backup center? A backup point guard? A top flight NBA scorer? According to the captain Paul Pierce it’s simply, mental toughness. Following last night’s demoralizing game in which Kyrie Irving had his way with the Green, Pierce talked about the team’s mental state:
“I think that’s the one thing this team lacks, that mental toughness, man. When we lose our confidence, I’ve never been on teams like that. We got to stay together, we got to play with confidence.
“Yeah, definitely, it hurts me to say that. It’s like I really sometimes don’t believe it.
“We get down on ourselves. We got to go out there and believe we can win every game. It’s tough sometimes.”
Mental toughness is not something that’s easy to pick up at the trade deadline. I like the players on this team and the skill sets they individually bring to the court, however they are lacking something.