These recaps are not a lot of fun to write.
I love the Celtics. I love writing about them. I love celebrating their successes and analyzing their…not successes. I enjoy discussing each player, discussing lineups, discussing advanced stats. I enjoy watching game film and figuring out what works and what doesn’t work for each player on both offense and defense. I do NOT enjoy recaps on nights like this.
I’m going to keep this short since I’m actively repressing my gag reflex. Let’s do some bullet points.
- The third quarter (and about half of the fourth) was an exercise in frustration. The Celtics would make a small run, 4 or 5-0, and the Warriors would promptly answer with a run of their own, maintaining a 16-20 point lead for most of the game. It never developed into a full-fledged Clippers-style blowout until the final minutes, but it was never close either.
- I started writing my recap in the second quarter assuming that very little would change. I was correct.
- Pierce’s jumper was extra liney drivey tonight. He finished 4-20 from the field. I present this to you without comment.
- Jared Sullinger’s performance in the first half was a rose growing out of a giant horse turd. It’s always nice when Sullinger scores from mid-range, but it’s much more encouraging when he gets low position in the post and goes directly at the hoop. He did that several times and scored 10 points on a variety of shots in the first, shooting 5-6 from the field and grabbing four rebounds, three offensive.
- Courtney Lee also submitted a decent performance, scoring 18 points on 6-13 shooting. I have no witty comment to make about this either, but good to see him score and stuff.
- As Jordan pointed out on Twitter: Apparently you have to choose with Jeff Green. Either he rebounds (he led the team with 9 tonight) or he scores. You choose.
- The Celtics lost badly, and they deserved to lose. But listen: If the other team shoots 63.2% from 3-point range, you are screwed anyway. The Celtics were screwed.
- Jarrett Jack didn’t play well through the first three quarters, but when it came to stepping on the Celtics’ throats, he was there with a steel-toe boot. He started the game 1-9, but finished 6-14 after hitting two 3-pointers and a couple of two-pointers in the fourth.
A very discouraging night. I still think we should wait for Avery Bradley’s return before making snap judgments on this team, but my confidence is wavering.
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