I hate this team…
How can a team with veteran leadership and championship pedigree play so inconsistently? They are incapable of delivering knockout blows.
The 3rd quarter may have been the worst quarter of basketball I've seen by any Celtics team in years. The Cs walked out of the locker room with an 11 point lead (51-40) and put forth the laziest, sloppiest, crappiest effort imaginable.
They were outscored 36-11. Committed 8 turnovers. Shot 4-14 FG with just two assists. Allowed the Magic to make 12 of 17 shots. Gave up a 19-0 run.
Anyone else tired of Doc Rivers saying his team decided to stop moving the ball and playing defense? How about calling timeout after timeout after timeout until the guys start executing? Do something, anything….
The 2nd quarter was a big tease. The Celtics second unit was playing well. Quis (8 points, 4-7 FG) displayed little rust and TA, Eddie, Sheed and Glen Davis were in a groove. I thought to myself – now this is what a solid bench looks like. But it all melted away in the 3rd.
True to form, the Celtics tried to make a run late in the 4th, but shot themselves in the foot at every turn.
As usual, Rondo (17 points, 9 assists, 3 steals) was the best Celtic on the floor. The Big 3 combined for 40 points on 14-for-38 shooting. Perk and Sheed combined for 4 rebounds. Any deal involving Ray Allen's expiring contract should also include Wallace. He is a waste.
It's your move, Danny.