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Recap: Celtics fall to Sixers in Delaware

KWAPT October 11, 2013 Celtics News, Gametime, Recaps 12 Comments

Celtics 76ers BasketballTonight’s Celtics-Sixers game in Delaware started off as your typical preseason contest. Sloppy. The two teams combined for 11 turnovers in the first quarter and shot an atrocius 14 of 41 from the field. Boston did however finish quarter one with a lead for the first time this preseason, 21-20. They had a pretty balanced attack, with seven different Celtics scoring in the quarter. Then things went from sloppy to just plain ugly for Boston. Behind Spencer Hawes’ 13 second quarter points, and Boston’s abysmal 6 of 20 shooting, (including 0 of 5 from downtown) the C’s went into the half down 54-38. The second quarter was the difference maker tonight as Philly dropped 34 points on Boston. The C’s looked impatient-chucking up jumpers and playing lackluster defense. Philly dominated in the painted area, outscoring Boston 30-12 down low. The Sixers finished the half on a 14-3 run and went into halftime up 54-38.

The Celtics managed to outscore Philly 19-18 in the 3rd, but more sloppy play, including seven turnovers, kept them from gaining any momentum. It was more jumpers, and a total lack of aggression on offense. The C’s did not attempt one free-throw in the entire quarter. Jeff Green, who is supposed to be Boston’s “go to guy” this year, continued to struggle. Jeff came off the floor for the night with about 8 minutes left in the fourth and looked visibly frustrated. He tallied just 4 points in 19 minutes on 2 of 11 shooting. He’ll need to find a way to get buckets if Boston is to be anything near successful this upcoming season.

Behind Sully, Olynyk & Pressey, the C’s actually made things interesting in the 4th. It’s quite obvious that Pressey is a huge spark off Boston bench, and the Celts were able to cut the lead to 88-82 with 2:50 left in the game. But they were simply unable to maintain any sort of consistency tonight. Every made basket seemed to be promptly followed-up by a turnover or defensive lapse. Going into this evening’s game, I truly thought a rested Boston team could run a weary Sixers squad that had just returned from overseas out of the gym. But it was just the opposite. Philly had much more spring in their step, and out ran the C’s by tallying 30 fastbreak points to Boston’s 12. C’s fall to 0-3 in the preseason as Philly wins 97-85. After the game, veteran Gerald Wallace told CSNNE the C’s did not play as a team and instead played like “five individuals.” He also said Boston started out tonight like they were “cool” and as if they were “supposed to win this game and they (Philly) were gonna hand us the game.” Celtics will now head back to Boston before making their way to New Hampshire tomorrow night for another game with the Knicks. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm.

The Green:

  • Jared Sullinger was one of the few effective guys for the C’s. He carved out space underneath all night to score 19 points & grab 9 boards.
  • Jordan Crawford looked confident while running this team tonight . He played a solid 23 minutes, with a line of 12 pts, 2 rebs & 3 asts. Steez shot 4 of 4 from the line and 2 of 4 from downtown.
  • Despite going 6 for 16 from the field, I’ll throw Olynyk in here. He continues to impress with his court vision and all-around hustle. Kelly dropped 13 points on a formidable Philly front court & had 3 steals and a block.

The Gross:

  • The Celtics got destroyed under the basket. Philly scored 56 of their 97 points in the paint.
  • The long range shooting was awful. Boston was 5 of 21 from downtown.
  • Lee and Green combined for 8 points on 4 of 17 shooting.

The Greenlights:

The Grid: (quick stats)

  • Brandon Bass grabbed 10 rebounds 
  • Celtics and Sixers combined for 41 turnovers
  • According to Steve Bulpett, Keith Bogans, who sprained his thumb, will have an MRI tomorrow

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  • rajonrondoooooooooooo4life

    damn loss again ..

  • Robert Hodgman

    Why sit Fab? Trying to showcase Bass and Lee is backfiring right now.

    • KWAPT

      You mean Fav..right?

  • david

    Good god bradley/lee/green/bass are terrible, no wonder we got steamrolled 3 games in a row last postseason.

    Jared Sullinger is a STUD. Good things always happen when he’s on the floor. Wallace too, believe it or not.

    • jrleftfoot

      why wouldn`t you believe it? Wallace has had an outstanding career.

    • Lauren

      We got steamrolled 3 games straight because Rondo, Sullinger, Barbosa were missing. Those guys were key rotation players unlike Bass, Lee, but when will people realize that Bradley is not a PG? As far as Jeff Green, I don’t know what else to say about him anymore I’m lost for words. I had a crazy thought or belief that Lee, Bass, Green would step up and show leadership on the court, but they’ve proven me wrong so far.

      I just want to see Bass, Lee and Green become better because they seem like good guys overall.

  • Chuck Moran

    Lee and bass got to go thy dont understand team basketball especially team defense there both good individually but are awful at rotations. But you no they will get tons of minutes cause there contracts say so. Nice one ainge.

  • Jester00

    As I said since the day he was traded Green sucks

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    I fear this is gonna be the leit-motiv of the season. I hope the “stars” of the roster are with the new coach.
    You gotta play D to win, as always; and to play D, you gotta get people on the floor trusting each other and trusting the system.

  • pierce Hart

    As much as I love bass I feel we could ship him for a few decent assets, he’s a good squad player but not someone you need on a rebuilding team. As for Bradley I feel that he will never be anything but a Tony Allen mark 2. He has no offense at all really and is a good trade asset Jeff green is mr inconsistent. If you get a good offer for him you take it though I think he’ll flourish with rondo back. In all honesty the only 3 players I think that are worth keeping long term are Rondo Sully and Olynyk. Everyone else should be up for grabs #woefulforwiggins

  • GreenbirdCro

    Does anyone know why Brooks is not playing?
    & to bring some IQ to our discussion… we may agree some guys should go, but who would fit our team and would be feasible trade?

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