Hmmm… Have I seen this movie before? Funny, I keep hearing the ending is going to be different, but it never changes.
The Celtics pissed away another double-digit 3rd quarter lead (12 points, 60-48 with 8 minutes left) and lost to the Hornets 93-85.
How bad was the 2nd half?
- They were outscored 29-12 in the 3rd quarter.
- They shot 3-13 from the free throw line.
- Paul Pierce and KG combined for 2 points in the final 24 minutes.
Pierce was brutal. He had 15 points (4-11 FG) and 8 TOs. He had absolutely zero quickness in this game. If it's a health issue (foot/knee), then he has no business playing in the All-Star game.
The bench was the lone bright spot. In fact, they nearly outscored the starters (40-45).
Marquis Daniels had 14 points on 7-9 FG. Can someone please tell me why Doc Rivers pulled him with 6 minutes to go in the game?
Defense was not the main problem tonight. The Celtics offense was offensive. As Tommy put it, "it's like the guys are playing with rubber boots." Little movement, sloppy passing. 22 turnovers.
Don't look now, but the Raptors are just 4 games back in the Atlantic.