The 6 game winning streak was fun while it lasted. Tonight the Celtics treated us to one of those mind-numbing, head-shaking, go-through-the-motion performances we’ve come to hate, yet accept. The result: a 90-78 loss to the Hornets.
The Celtics managed just 78 points vs one of the league’s worst defenses. I don’t have a shot chart, but they took A LOT of jumpers. Here’s how Doc described the offense, “We had an electric fence around the paint tonight. We settled.”
The Celtics shot 46% from the field, but only 22% from 3 and 37% from the line. That free throw percentage is the worst in 18 years. Tommy Heinsohn kept chirping about the Celts low number of FGAs (74), but that number is just 5 below their season average.
The Good: Jason Terry has a pulse. He scored 12 points on 5-10 shooting. Brandon Bass also showed signs of life with 9 points and 7 rebounds.
The Gross: Ugh. Where to begin. Paul Pierce’s offense (5-16 FG, 1-7 3 FG) was hideous. Except for Terry, the bench was lifeless. Jared Sullinger had 2 rebounds, while Jeff Green and Courtney Lee combined for 8 points. On the defensive end, New Orleans generated 48 points in the paint.
Greenlights: Rondo’s reverse lay-up
Rondo’s one handed jam
- Kevin Garnett was a -26
- NO out-rebounded Boston 48-33
- Austin Rivers had 8 points on 3-6 shooting