Well… that sucked. Following Friday night’s ass-kicking of Portland, I just knew – in my heart of hearts – the Celtics were ripe for a letdown loss in Milwaukee. And they didn’t disappoint. Bucks win, 91-88.
The Green: The Celtics raced out to a 17-0 lead and led 27-11 at the end of the first quarter. They nearly doubled Milwaukee’s shooting percentage and forced 7 turnovers. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there. Jeff Green had 18 points on 8-11 FG. If it wasn’t for Green’s abuse of
Jeremy Doron Lamb in the 2nd quarter, the Celtics might have been blown out. And despite playing with Nike Air Cinder Blocks (props to Mr Triple Double for the line) Paul Pierce managed to drop 10 of his 19 points (6 assists, 5 rebounds) in the 4th quarter.
The Gross: The Celtics allowed 36 points in the second quarter. The high water mark for the season.
Grosser: We saw the worst of Leandro Barbosa tonight; 0 points, 0-4 FG, minus 11 in 13 minutes. That stat line doesn’t do him justice. He was awful.
Grossest: This goes to referee Marc Davis for his
fucking ridiculous highly questionable offensive foul call on Kevin Garnett with 1:05 remaining in the game and the Celtics up 3. If I was the NBA’s head of officiating, I would have pulled Davis off the court immediately and fired him.
Brandon Jennings had this nifty dipsy-doo layup in the first half, but the play of the game was his dagger three – a 26 footer with 24 seconds remaining.
Larry Sanders put on quite a show (18 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks).
– Jason Terry had 11 assists in 40 minutes
– Courtney Lee had 9 of his 13 points in the 1st quarter
– Despite a strong performance, Jeff Green was minus 19
– This tidbit from Sean Grande, in 411 games since ’07, the Celtics have lost just two games when leading by 17. Monta Ellis was on the other side of both.