This just in: the Spurs are REALLY good. Between their incredible chemistry and remarkable passing, it was just too much for the Celtics to handle. Whether it was the FIFTY EIGHT points inside the paint or the 8-of-16 shooting from downtown, the Spurs just showed the Celtics what a title contender looks like a 112-100 loss. Tiago Splitter led the way with 23 points on 9-of -11 shooting and was part of the early fourth quarter charge that put this game out of reach for good.
Rajon Rondo had one of the best all around games of the season, finishing the night with 22 points & 15 assists. He extends his double-digit assist streak to 35 games but the best from him was him trying to carry the team in the fourth with 12 points in the quarter. Jason Terry started the night strong, going 4-of-5 in the first quarter, but finished the night with 12 points. All five of the Celtics starters finished in double figures.
There’s plenty to pick from here: The Celtics allowed 58.4% shooting from the field tonight, the highest in the KG era. The Spurs out-rebounded the Celtics 41-25 and Tim Duncan (15) out-rebounded the entire Celtics starting lineup (12). Speaking of rebounds, the Celtics has ONE offensive board, and that was a put back by Brandon Bass with 1:28 to go in the game. Splitter also outscored the entire Celtics bench, 23-17.
The Grid (quick stats):
- Tony Parker was en fuego tonight: 26 points on 12-of-17 shooting.
- Celtics did have a good shooting night, going 53% from the field
- Jared Sullinger was the leading rebounder with seven.
- Jeff Green scored five points in 16 minutes off of the bench.
- Green only took seven shots, no one else off of the bench took more than three.
The Celtics had their biggest game since they faced Miami in the opener and they still have a lot of work to do if they want to be called legitimate title contenders. It doesn’t get any easier as Kevin Durant & the Oklahoma City Thunder come into town on Friday.