Celtics drop their 2nd game in a row-tonight they lose to the Spurs in San Antonio, 103-88. This was basically more of the same from Boston: turnovers, poor defense and the inability to make shots when it mattered. Tony Parker easily won the battle of marquee PG’s, lighting-up Rondo and the C’s for 22 points. Parker’s back-up, Gary Neal, was equally impressive, putting in 20 points including 3 of 6 from downtown. Doc must be thrilled the C’s don’t see Tiago Splitter again this season. He once again did pretty much whatever he wanted near the basket to tally 16 points to go with 8 boards.
The Green: Despite grabbing 12 boards, Boston kept Tim Duncan quiet. He was a miserable 2 of 13 from the field for 5 points. Paul Pierce and Jason Terry kept the C’s close at times. Terry was absolutely on fire, dropping 17 first-half points and burying 4 of 9 from long range. Truth had 4 turnovers of his own, but still contributed in many facets-the Captain had 18 points, 5 boards, 4 assists, 3 steals & a block in 30 mins of playing time. Looking exhausted, KG still played solid defense on Duncan and had 13 & 6 in 30 minutes.
The Gross: Brandon Bass was M.I.A. tonight. Simply vanished. 2 points in 18 minutes. Have to also throw Rajon in the “gross” tonight. He again had 7 turnovers, (14 in last 2 gms) jogged back on defense and looked generally disinterested most of the night. And we have our first player to make “green” & “gross” in one game: Jet. His 17 pt. first-half was huge, but his 1 pt. 2nd-half, where we really needed him, was gross.
The Grid: (quick stats)
- Celtics had a season-high 19 turnovers
- Sully continued to rebound well-7 boards in 11 minutes
- Spurs shot 20 free throws to the Celtics’ 8
Boston is off now until Tuesday when they play the Bulls in Chicago. Tip-off is set for 8pm EST.