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Recap: Celtics steal a game they had no business winning

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 27, 2013 Recaps 10 Comments

I can’t properly explain how bad the Celtics looked for much of the second half.  They were horrible.  They turned the ball over in horrific ways.  They missed easy shots and gave up easier ones.  They let the Cavaliers shoot 54% in the second half.

But they overcame a 14 point Cavs lead and closed the half on a 15-4 run, capped by a Jeff Green lay up at the buzzer to beat the Cavs 93-92.

They had no business winning this game.  I Google’d “Rock Bottom” for images to use in this recap (it’s a fun search… lots of really drunk people… I recommend it).  But they won.  So screw it.  As one person tweeted me… start the getaway car and let’s get the F out of that shithole Cleveland.

The Green

Brandon Bass:  We’ve given him a lot of shit this season, and with good reason.  But tonight was a pretty good night for Brandon:  22 points on 8-14 shooting to go along with 5 rebounds.

Jeff Green:  He made the game winner… and was pretty animated afterwards.  He had a bad shooting night, and if he hadn’t made the game winner, I wouldn’t put him in here… but I’m being positive after having to be called back from the ledge tonight.  21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, despite the bad shooting, is a decent  night.

Paul Pierce:  2 assists shy of a triple double (19/10/8) for the Truth who is clearly worn down.  He’s too old to be carrying a bunch of Chinese league cast-offs.

Shavlik Randolph:  Boston Mayor Tom Menino is reportedly announcing his retirement.  After Shav hustled his way to one of those “doesn’t show up in the box score” good games… he might be Menino’s successor.  At least that’s the impression I got on Twitter.

The Gross

Paul Pierce:  7 turnovers is bad.  Sorry Paul, I can’t just let that slide.

The turnovers:  Pierce wasn’t alone.  16 of them for 16 Cavs points.  This should have gone a lot more smoothly for the C’s

Avery Bradley:  The kid is in full-fledged slump.  1-7 shooting tonight puts him at 52 of 142 for the month of March… or 36.6%.  He’s shooting 27% over his last 5 games.  Ouch.

Jason Terry:  5 points on 2-7 shooting.

The Greenlights

The game winner

In gif form

The Grid

  • Cleveland shot 31.8% in the first quarter.  They shot 54.1% in the 2nd half
  • Jordan Crawford:  12 pts (5-8 fg), 4 ast.
  • Points in the paint: 40-38 Boston

I just want to stress how bad the Celtics looked for a very long time in this game.  Enjoy the win and all that… especially since Milwaukee lost.  But I’m willingly glossing over a lot of shit because… well… after a 5 game losing streak and the C’s forced to play a lot of guys who wouldn’t normally play… a win is a win.  I don’t know how much we should realistically expect out of some of these line ups… so I’m just going to let a bunch of stuff slide tonight.

Box Score  |  Playoff picture

Check out this photo, courtesy of ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg, of Jeff Green and his heart surgeon.

Thanks, doc.

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  • http://twitter.com/KWAPT KWAPT

    Whew. C’s and their fans needed this little lift. Agree w/John, a lot of ugly tonight, but I’ll take a W anyway I can. So happy for Jeff. Gets the game-winner in front of his heart surgeon tonight. Can’t make that kinda sh*t up.

  • http://twitter.com/iamsaws iamsaws

    think you are taking the wrong angle- JG is coming into his own, becoming the player we hope he can be. if thats what we get out of this season that is fine. the dude is 26. leaves MANY years of good celtic basketball.

  • http://twitter.com/Wilanthropist Wil Reyes

    Its a good win, this is like a reset for the players mindsets. If they lost this one, theres a big chance they will lose to ATL. But this will freshen up the players, knowing they have what it takes to win.

    I’m worried about PP34 though, i hope the C’s get on a roll so he can rest up too

    • http://twitter.com/3324Donald Double D

      It’s a good thing you wrote PP34 because if you just wrote PP I wouldn’t have known who you were talking about.

      • http://twitter.com/Wilanthropist Wil Reyes

        because if i wrote PP, it sounds like pipi which sounds like a word vagina in my language lmao

  • Nate Bishop

    I was pretty much ready to write off this season heading into the 4th quarter but the players showed that they still care and might be able to hold onto the 7th seed even without Garnett; could they eke out a split of the next two games? Many commenters here have been bashing Bass all season but he hasn’t been nearly as bad as Terry.

  • JR99

    Memo to Sean– Jeff didn’t have any work done on his heart. Only aorta… way different, lot easier. Fwiw

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  • SamR

    AB is in the middle of a slump so brutal it is hurting his defense as well (when Kidd took him off the dribble the other night I wanted to throw up). I’d have thought that was impossible.

    JET hasn’t had a decent game since LeBron posterized him.

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