The Celtics  didn’t plan on starting off 0-2, but through the first two games of the season it’s clear that the roster — with the additions of the likes of Jason Terry , Courtney Lee , Jared Sullinger, Leandro Barbosa  and the return of Jeff Green , among other roster alterations — hasn’t quite hit its stride yet.
The C’s looked slow and admitted to a lack of communication defensively in their 99-88 loss to the Bucks, a game in which they trailed by anywhere from 16 to 20 for much of the night.
Terry, playing in his second game as a Celtic since signing a three-year deal in the offseason, finished with 10 points, two assists and two rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench on Friday. After the game, the veteran guard diagnosed why the C’s have gotten off to such an unproductive start.
“These are growing pains,” Terry said. “This is what the NBA season, this is what the journey is all about. We’re going to look back at this and say that we grew from it. It just happens, whether it’s injuries, whether it’s what we’re going through right now, there’s always bumps in the road along your journey that you can look back and say, ‘OK. We got through that, we persevered.’
“That’s where we’re at right now. We’ve got a lot of new people. A lot of guys trying to get adjusted, trying to feel comfortable and familiar with each other. It’s going to take a while, but to get outworked is definitely unacceptable.”
The Bucks finished the first quarter Friday with a 7-0 run and had a 25-18 lead after 12 minutes. The game got out of hand in the second quarter, when Milwaukee outscored the C’s, 21-12 and hit halftime with a 46-30 lead. Garbage-time points from the C’s — a couple of three-pointers from Terry, a layup from Barbosa, etc. — made the final score much closer than the game would suggest, but the end result was a bad loss and a team admittedly still trying to get comfortable with one another.
Terry hasn’t been around these parts long, but he’s confident that the issues that have hindered the Celtics to begin the season won’t last for long.
“If you look at us and watch us out there, there’s no familiarity with each other,” Terry said. “Things aren’t just happening like they should be on both ends of the floor. We’re just going to have to keep working through it, stay positive, stay optimistic. It’s a long season and we’ve got a lot of talent in this room, but we have to do it together and it has to be on the defensive end first.”
The Celtics will have a crack at righting the ship Saturday night when they face the Wizards in Washington. The last time the Celtics started 0-3? Last season.