Then there was the blowout loss to the 6-17 Wizards and who could forget the blown 24-point lead in the overtime loss to the Pelicans.
Sure, Marcus Smart had been out since the one-point loss to the Lakers.
Another four losses in five games immediately followed the feel-good win streak, including a home loss to Chicago, a loss to an injury-plagued Hornets team – the competitive nature of which is not reflective in the final score – and a home loss to an actively tanking OKC Thunder team.
Helping a barren roster snap a 14-game losing streak had to be rock bottom, right? Surely the Celtics, with their playoff fate in the air, would muster some sense of urgency and channel it into their play, no?
There was then a 10-point home loss to the Blazers.