The Boston Apathetics

When I am trying to resist the temptation to delve deep into the abyss of negativity Celtics twitter becomes during any rough stretch, I am reminded of the old “Family Guy” joke satirizing The New Yorker comic section. “I’d be more apathetic if I weren’t so lethargic” meaning, he wouldn’t care more if he weren’t so tired. Kinda summarizes the Boston Celtics nearing the All-Star Break. A week ago they are flying high, ripping off wins behind the sudden hot shooting of Marcus Smart and taller doppelgänger Marcus Morris.

Eventually, Morris regressed to the mean. If I can pinpoint one thing Danny Ainge probably should have done during the lead-up to the trade deadline it’s cash out on Morris to add depth behind Kyrie Irving. Unfortunately, when a player is nearly averaging a 50/40/90 it is hard to resist riding it out. Safe to say, the magic carpet ride came to a screeching halt. While Morris can be commended for speaking truth to why the Celtics are suddenly performing under expectations, he isn’t exactly the answer to what is ailing them.

The answer is the even-keel Jaylen Brown. Yes, the same Jaylen Brown that played arguably below replacement level to begin the season. He’s quietly experienced a renaissance in his new role coming off the bench, after Smart usurped him after Thanksgiving. Shooting 48 percent from the field to compliment his 37 percentage from beyond the arc, and his positive net rating of 6.4.

For all the talk of sacrifice nobody willingly took a backseat role for the betterment of the team than Brown. Not only has Brown done this so Smart and Morris could flourish together, but to give the struggling, rehabbing Gordon Hayward continuous changes to work himself back to game day shape, both physically and mentally.

Out of all the players whose sacrificed the least, the honors goes to Kyrie Irving and the aforementioned Morris. So it’s pretty ironic to hear Irving speak about his leadership role and Morris commentate on others lackluster attitudes. While Morris is correct, I feel like he internally knows what’s the answer to the issue of teammates not playing for each other and that’s him taking up the reserve role.

Morris hasn’t changed himself aesthetically, he’s simply been a better version of himself up until this point. We know Brown can play regardless if he’s starting or not. It’s the little things Brown does better than Morris, be it rotating or closing out on three-point shooters.

This Celtics team continuously bickers at each other, thankfully they don’t hate one another just yet. But for Irving and Morris to complain about the team and it’s collective attitude and seemingly apathetic emotional play style, they honestly should look into the mirror and ask why that is and what THEY need to do to fix it. You can’t lead by simply pointing fingers at those under you ordering them to be better.