The Boston Celtics have been going through the worst record in six seasons. There is an extensive list of the reasons behind the Celtics’ worst performance, and COVID-19 ranked as the top.
From the beginning of the 2021 NBA season, the Celtics have been hit hard by the coronavirus. A total of 11 Boston Celtic players have spent at least one day under COVID-19 protocol. The team got the latest hit ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers game after the new Celtics player Evan Fournier entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Besides, Boston will play without veteran big man Tristan Thompson, which may hamper the team’s performance. “I think that they have been affected and impacted by COVID,” Candace Parker said about the Celtics.
Now that Thompson and Fournier will not play, the Celtics need to find alternatives. However, it seems they are used to it as the Celtics missed three of their league games due to health protocols.
The most recent Celtics’ issues with COVID-19 are fairly concerning. “I’m hoping we can do that here, but the news today (about Fournier) we hope that its as little time as possible. But still, just part of what you have to get used to this year. But we certainly have gotten more used to it than every other team in the league,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said.
Which Boston Celtics player missed the most games due to COVID-19?
Boston’s star player Jayson Tatum has missed five consecutive games after he tested positive for Covid -19 in early January. Tatum tested positive on Jan. 9, a day after he scored 32 points in a win over the Wizards, a victory that improved Boston to 7-3 on the young season.
Since then, Tatum has had some highs and lows as he has not been feeling good. Although Tatum played almost all the games after he recovered from COVID-19, he has failed to keep consistency.
The Celtics currently hold 25-26 records and stand at no eight on the table. But they could have stayed in the top three if they did not face issues with coronavirus. The COVID absences have been hindering the chemistry and consistency of the team for much of the campaign.
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