This one had the distinct feel of one of last year's stink bombs at home.
The Celtics allowed a bad Houston team to come into The Garden, shoot almost 53%, out-rebound them, out-assist them and out-hustle them… before losing 108-102.
I don't know if Rajon Rondo is not healthy or out-of-sorts… but he just looks off out there (aside from the 3rd quarter, where he dished out 6 of his 12 assists). I've never seen so many of his passes fly out of bounds and miss their mark.
Everything was off about this effort tonight. The defense looked slow… there wasn't enough ball movement on offense.. it was just a big pile of blah out there.
How's that for analysis?
There's simply no excuse for this. I don't care that KG didn't come back tonight… there was no excuse for the defense looking this bad. This was sort of an OKC redux where the C's came out and dismissively gave little-to-no effort until it was too late.
Aaron Brooks went off for 24 points on 8-15 shooting… Jordan Hill grabbed 4 offensive boards on a night where Shaq had 2 total and Jermaine had 4 total boards.
I'm sick of writing about this. This is the worst loss of the season.