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The Celtics are back in Boston after going winless on another trip West. They are a depressing 0-13 against the Western Conference on the road this season.
As they approach 40 losses, are out of playoff contention, and are being schooled by teams with comparable records, it’s going to be difficult for coach Brad Stevens to constantly find positives when the performances are so poor.
In a 110-98 loss to the Utah Jazz Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena, the Celtics refused to play defense. The Jazz battered the Celtics in the first half with outside shots and then slid easily into the paint for uncontested layups in the second half.
When the Celtics aren’t dealing with constant nagging injuries, they are besieged by inconsistent play.