What a mess. After a strong first half the Celtics fell apart in the third quarter, getting outscored 22-12 and fumbling away a 10 point halftime lead. The Celtics were able to rally, but Anthony Davis scored off a tip-in with 0.3 seconds remaining and the Celtics weren’t able to get off a shot before the final buzzer sounded. Honestly that game was disgusting so lets try to get through these bullet points and pretend it never happened:
- Kevin Garnett played well in his return, after missing his first two jumpers KG found his groove and ended up scoring 20 points on 9-16 shooting.
- Paul Pierce played well, finishing with 28 points on 17 shots and five assists. Pierce was bizarrely uninvolved on the glass (only two rebounds), but he wasn’t alone in that respect as the Celtics got absolutely crushed 45-28 on the boards.
- Brandon Bass had a really solid game, including 11 points on 5-8 shooting, six rebounds, and two assists including some really nice post-passing with Kevin Garnett. Nothing special, just the kind of game you’d hope to see from Bass on a nightly basis, and a notable performance on a night where many of the Celtics role-players played poorly.
- Jeff Green started off hot but missed all his shots in the second half and finished with 13 points on 4-8 shooting. Green’s second half collapse was unfortunate, but it’s hard to complain with his contribution compared to the rest of the bench.
- Besides Jeff Green the rest of the Celtics bench contributed four points on 2-10 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, and five turnovers in a combined 48 minutes. Crawford and Terry were both a mess tonight and Wilcox barely got on the floor, playing only 6 minutes. The New Orleans bench scored 37 to Boston’s measly 17.
- Avery Bradley struggled offensively (2-10 from the floor) and Courtney Lee was barely involved (just three shots, and assist and two steals in 37 minutes of floor time), a very bad night for the Celtics guards as a whole.
“We stopped making passes, we started dancing around, stopped defending, laughing. You could see our guys laughing and joking.” Doc Rivers said afterwards. ”Whether we won it or not, we deserved to lose the game.” That pretty much sums it up, the Celtics played lazy uninspired basketball during the second half, and it shows in the rebounding differential (17) and the free throw numbers (just five attempted in the second half).
I don’t really want to talk about this anymore, the numbers speak for themselves. The Celtics will face the Mavericks on Friday.
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