Robb: Celtics’ schedule looks unforgiving if they can’t right ship quickly

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The Celtics are a work in progress right now, and that’s no surprise to anyone who has watched the team for the last month. After a lackluster preseason, the cohesion just hasn’t been there consistently through the team’s first four regular season games. Whether it’s been offensive slumps, communication issues or lackluster shot selection, the defense has kept them in games over the course of a 2-2 start.

"We are going to get every team's best shot every night," Terry Rozier said this week. "Like I said, when you turn on the TV, we are one of the few teams that everyone is talking about, whether it's in a negative or a positive way. We are in the limelight and every team wants to beat us, we have to understand that.

From a big picture perspective, a 2-2 start really shouldn’t matter. It’s not a big deal for a team that knew it would take some lumps early while integrating key pieces back into the fold. No one is going to remember their October struggles if this group is running on all cylinders by the time April and May roll around.

Still, one look around the Eastern Conference shows the margin of error for the top seed in the East might not be as wide as originally anticipated.