The Celtics were up by 27 points and I was (foolishly) preparing to write a recap about how even though the Celtics put together a solid game tonight there was no way fans could trust this team right now. Well the Celtics sure showed me! The Celtics took that sizeable lead and they threw it in the garbage, allowing Atlanta to go on a 19-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter. Kyle Korver made eight second-half threes (he only does one thing guys! Go over the screen!) and I cursed under my breath as the Celtics crumbled down the stretch. I’m utterly disgusted so lets just try and get through this:
- Paul Pierce was utterly indefensible tonight. He finished with 12 points on 13 shots, six rebounds, four assists, and five turnovers. I really can’t put into words how awful he was, but I’ll try. Late in the fourth, Pierce brutally front-rimmed an open three, and then on the following possession passed up on open possession and deferred the ball to Jeff Green. That was the moment when I knew Pierce was completely and utterly done. Unfortunately, Doc left Pierce in anyways (even though that meant he had to guard the much bigger, stronger, and younger Josh Smith) and then proceeded to end both the 4th quarter and the first overtime with Pierce isolations (both of which ended horribly because, surprise, Josh Smith can guard Pierce even when he’s not totally exhausted). This was completely and totally indefensible, especially given how well Green, Lee, and Terry played tonight. Lets talk about them instead, yes?
- Jeff Green was really solid overall, scoring 17 points and grabbing six rebounds. Green did most of his damage in the first half, but I still would have rather had him in down the stretch over Pierce because at least he would have had a shot of defending Smith (or at least pestering him into taking bad jumpers, which we all know Smith loves to do).
- Jason Terry scored 12 points on an efficient six shots; he was 3-4 from downtown and looked to finally be getting out of his slump.
- Courtney Lee was absolutely incredible. He scored 16 points, and rounded out his stat line with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. It wasn’t just what Lee did, but when he did it. Lee’s single three of the night came when the Celtics desperately needed a bucket, and he was responsible for numerous late-game stops that kept the Celtics in the game. If the Celtics had won the game tonight, Lee would have deserved the game ball.
- Rajon Rondo joined Antoine Walker and Larry Bird as the only Celtics to record triple-doubles in back-to-back games, posting a 16/10/11 line.
- None of this matters because the Celtics still lost.
That’s really what it comes down to: The Celtics blew a 27 point lead and lost and are now in the midst of the longest losing streak in the KG era. Not only can you not trust this team, you can’t even dare to believe in this team for an instant. I’m disgusted, I’m flabbergasted, and I don’t know what to do. I’m not even sure there is anything TO do. Oh, and we have Miami at the Garden on Sunday. Awesome.
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