With the exception of rebounding, an area they oddly dominated, every issue the Celtics have was magnified tonight. Their bench can’t score. Their guards can’t stop dribble penetration. Paul Pierce is the only perimeter player who can create offense for himself. Rajon Rondo doesn’t always care, Ray Allen is clearly hobbled, Mickael Pietrus is streakier than Frank The Tank in “Old School,” Kevin Garnett can’t always be Batman, Greg Stiemsma and Ryan Hollins occasionally take turns matching each other in suckitude, and Brandon Bass goes through long stretches where he looks like Bad Big Baby.
The series was there for the taking tonight, on a silver platter. The Celtics declined to seize it.
Game 7 is on Saturday. It probably shouldn’t have come to this.
Losing Avery Bradley changes so much.