Well for those that fell asleep waiting for the game to start after Darren Collison hit the shot of the year, you really didn’t miss much. The Clippers got out to a huge lead early and the Celtics couldn’t buy a bucket tonight as the Clippers win their 15th straight in a 106-77 blowout.
The Green: Kevin Garnett. He finished the night with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting and did everything he could on both sides of the ball to keep this game close.Courtney Lee was also knocking down some shots is nice to see as he has 12 points on 5-0f-9, if you’re into looking for moral victories in a 29-point blowout.
The Gross: What would you like to pick? The offense going through some bad stretches, including an incredibly slow start to the game that led to the 18-4 deficit the Celtics found themselves in once TNT switched over to the game. Hell, even in the garbage time fourth quarter, they managed to score ten points. TEN. POINTS.
There was also the poor defensive effort as the Clippers had plenty of open looks, which lead to LA shooting 50% from the field for most of the game, including 11-from-27 from downtown. Or perhaps the 18 turnovers which led to 26 Clippers points? Too much to pick from.
The Grid: (quick stats):
- Paul Pierce passed Elgin Baylor for 24th in on the all-time scoring list, in the first quarter Adrian Dantley and his 23,177 career points is in Pierce’s sights.
- The Clippers only out rebounded the Celtics 44-40. But an out of shape Lamar Odom managed to get 13 of them.
- The Celtics bench managed to scrap together 29 points, meanwhile the Clips had 53 off of the bench, including 21 from Matt Barnes.
The Clippers are arguably one of the best teams in the league and one would think that the C’s would’ve stepped up and put forth a better effort than what we witnessed tonight. The Celtics got outclassed in all assets of the game tonight and this is the type of performance that will have everybody begging Danny to make a move or just blow it up. If they continue to play like this, something needs to change.