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Recap: Celtics get handed a 32 point beatdown by Philly

Chuck - Red's Army October 15, 2012 Celtics News, Gametime, Recaps 6 Comments
[This recap brought to you by Ben F.]

To sum this game up in six words: The Sixers tried, the Celtics didn’t.

The C’s do have five games in seven nights but it would have been a bit encouraging to see them try a little more. Between the 38% shooting and the 20 turnovers (which led to 21 Philadelphia points), the 76ers didn’t need to do much else to cruise to the 107-75 victory.

It looked alright with Darko Milicic & Jared Sullinger getting the start, but the C’s had 13 first half turnovers and failed to make a three pointer, as well. With no Kevin Garnett, the Sixers were getting to the basket easily with the pick & roll and the Sixers bigs had themselves a field day, including Spencer Hawes, who went for 13 of his 17 in the first half.

The Celtics gave one more push in the beginning of the third, which included back-to-back threes from Sullinger & Paul Pierce. Pierce got 9 of his 16 points in the first five minutes of the third, and helped cut it to a 66-59 deficit. But the Celtics continued to turn the ball over and the lack of communication on defense put that to rest as the Sixers were able to get it up to 21 by the end of the third and pretty much put this game to garbage time or better known as Nick Young time.

One of the only bright spots of the night was the ovation former Temple player Dionte Christmas was given when he came in the game. He only played eight minutes, most of them garbage time in the fourth and he finished with two points.

Darko Milicic got the start tonight and was OK, going for six points & three boards, but he also hurt his already injured hand. He played through it fine but only played 16 minutes tonight.

Rajon Rondo has a rough night. He had four points & six assists on 2-7 shooting but he also had four turnovers and a +/- of -12 in a team high 27 minutes. Just all in all a poor game for him but with five games in seven nights… it’s not surprising.

Brandon Bass was the only other Celtic to get into double digits as he finished with 11 points & 6 rebounds on 5-9 shooting off the bench while Jared Sullinger got the start and got 9 points & 5 rebounds. There were times where Doc played both of them & Jeff Green in an interesting experiment, but after watching all the Sixers uncontested shots in the paint, we may not see that combination for extended periods until it’s much more refined on the defensive end.

Also, poor Jamar Smith. He couldn’t hit anything tonight. 0-5 shooting tonight.

Thank God the Celtics play tomorrow so we can quickly forget this game.

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  • Brad

    Personally, while I think this team will ultimately contend for a championship, I don’t think a fast start is in the cards. It’s going to take time for us to figure out our rotations with all of these options. I think it’s better to suck up some losses in preseason and early in the regular season and then reap the benefits of having a refined rotation later in the season.

  • Wil R

    they should decide soon on a line up. Lack of continuity is killing them. 2 more games of experimenting should be good enough. Then the last games should be for a real practice.

    Defense is really bad. since theres always a different line up.

  • Drew

    Seemed to me that this team forgot how to play defense. Who knows what the game plan was, being preseason and all. Could be that we were working out the kinks in our offensive sets. But if I find out that our new “run and gun” mentality has tampered with our defensive mind set in the least, I’ll be really really REALLY upset. What a horribly wretched sloppy game. Yuck!!!

  • Rondoing

    Given how aweful Bass + Sully + Green line up was It appears to me that one of Bass or Sully has to go in building the celtics of the future..!
    With KG PP and Terry retiring, our team will have
    Rondo + Bradley + Green + Sully + Bass with Lee and Darko off the bench…
    I say Give away Bass + Lee + 1st Rounder for Josh Smith!!!!
    He can be the defensive presence we will need once KG retires! (Not forgetting he can defend pick n roll and guard Lebron!)

    • MJ

      1.We’re not trading Lee after we convinced him to sign here for less money.
      2.Atlanta would not accept that deal if they were hopped up on LSD.

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