After that elephant stopped sitting on the Boston offense midway through the third quarter, the Celtics actually exhibited a fair amount of pride (not to mention a zone defense John Chaney would be proud of) to mount a comeback and actually take a fourth quarter lead. But the lead was brief and Chicago, without MVP Derrick Rose, tap-danced on the interior all night long en route to an 89-80 decision.
That first half felt like the Celtics were unsuccessfully trying to fend off a pack of rabid Varejaos. Chicago shot 38.5 percent in the first two quarters with 10 turnovers, but still led by nine points (44-35) at intermission due to dominant rebounding (29-18) and that goddamn elephant that plopped itself straight on top of Boston’s offense. I could be wrong, but I marked Boston down for two out of 1,289 shooting in the second quarter.
On a brighter note, Montana to Rice!!! I mean Bedazzling Enigma to Galloping Gazelle!!! I mean Rondo to Wilcox!!!
I know this regular season is crazy for a million reasons, but I have NO idea what to expect from this Celtics team on a nightly (or even quarterly) basis.
More to come in the morning.