That sucked. I expected the Celtics to put forth a strong effort tonight against Brooklyn – one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. With Paul Pierce, KG and the new starting line-up, the Celtics were supposed get their house in order for the playoffs.
Not so much.
Deron Williams shredded the Celtics for 29 points, 9-18 FG, and 12 assists in the 101-93 win. He abused Avery Bradley (5 fouls in 12 minutes), Terrence Williams, Jordan Crawford and Jason Terry.
The game turned midway through the 2nd quarter when Brooklyn closed the half on an 18-6 run. They flat out couldn’t miss. Whenever the Celtics whittled the lead down to 9 or 7 points, Williams would make shots.
Paul Pierce had 23 points on 7-11 FG. If not for his 13 point 3rd quarter, the Nets would have won this game by 25.
Jeff Green (11 points on 4-17 shooting) was invisible.
Jason Terry (1-7 FG) stinks.
The Celtics perimeter defense was horrible. Brooklyn shot 8-19 from 3. Joe Johnson and CJ Watson combined for 7-9 3 FG.
Brook Lopez is served a hearty dish of Bass
- The Nets shot 12-18 in the 2nd quarter
- The Celtics did not attempt a free throw in the first half
- Reggie Evans had 1 point, 14 rebounds