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Recap: Bench comes up empty in hard-fought loss to Doc, Clippers

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Let me get “The Gross” out of the way early.  The Celtics bench made just two baskets and scored four points tonight, leaving the starters to do all of the scoring.  Amazingly, the team still managed 88 points.  Too bad the Clippers had 96.

The Celtics led by 9 late in the second quarter, and by 6 at the half, but the third quarter belonged to the Clippers (they outscored the C’s 27-19 in the quarter).  The Clippers looked like they were going to run away with thing a couple of times in the fourth, but the Celtics clawed back and cut it to just 2 with 3:33 to play.  But a pair of Jamal Crawford 3’s quickly pushed it out to 8, and that was basically it for the Celtics.

The Celtics never gave up, which is nice, but they also didn’t play very well for long stretches.  The C’s stood around a lot for too many plays.  At one point late in the game, Jordan Crawford was so intent on taking his man 1-on-1 that he held the ball for a solid 6 to 8 seconds.  As he did that, Jeff Green stood at the top of the key waving his arm like a 3rd base coach sending a runner home.

It’s tough to expect the Celtics to beat a good Western Conference team like the Clippers, but they made a lot of mistakes on their own tonight.

The Green

Brandon Bass had really nice first half.  He had 15 points on 6-8 shooting, 8 rebounds, and some really good D on Blake Griffin.  His second half, though, was less impressive (2 pts on 0-4 fg, 4 reb).

Jordan Crawford had a decent game with 20 points & 9 assists.  Again, he had some great stretches, but he had some where he was too much of the “old” Jordan.

The Celtics first half defense was really good, giving up only 39 points and holding the Clippers to 40% shooting.

The Gross

Have I mentioned the bench? 0-3 with zero first half points. 2-4 for 4 points in the second half.  Any kind of bench contribution could have won this game for Boston.

Avery Bradley had a tough night on offense.  Those hot Celtics starts were very often fueled by Avery Bradley’s hot starts.  When he got cold, so did the C’s at the beginnings of games.

Jared Sullinger was 5-13 from the field.  It’s not easy going up against DeAndre Jordan, who’s a good 4 inches taller than Sully and has pogo sticks for legs.

The Greenlights

The play of the year right here:

Avery Bradley with the 1-handed alley oop finish

Doc Rivers video tribute

Doc arrives to a standing ovation

Jordan Crawford with the crossover and then pass to Bass for the dunk

DeAndre Jordan wedges an alley oop

The Grid

  • Points in the paint: LAC: 42 – BOS: 24
  • Jamal Crawford in the 4th quarter:  11 points (4-6 fg, 2-2 3pt), 2 reb.
  • Jamal Crawford totals:  21 points (7-14 fg, 2-2 3pt), 3 reb, 3 ast.
  • Jared Sullinger: 0-3 from 3
  • Jeff Green: 29 points (10-23 fg, 3-7 3pt), 4 reb, 1 ast.
  • Jordan Crawford:  20 points (7-17 fg, 1-4 3pt), 9 ast, 5 reb.


The Celtics did not win tonight, but we are all winners now that this game is over… because after tomorrow, we can be done with the Doc Rivers returning to Boston angle.  All the questions have been asked… all of the questions about how he’d be received were answered tonight… it’s over.  The Boston writers will write their final pieces on it tonight, we’ll read about it in the morning, and that’s it… we’re done.

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  • Chuck Da buck

    Doc picked up some great acting skills from Paul and griffin he belongs in la.

  • Chuck Da buck

    Can’t wait for rondo to be back we need Crawford on the bench and hey vitor finally got one shot I probably wouldn’t of played him much tonight either there bigs are to quick but lastnight he should have been on lopes. It seems like ever since they stopped letting vitor get orchestra our bench has been awful.

    • Chuck Da buck

      I hate that damn auto correct how the hell it come up with orchestra.

      • greeninNYC

        I think we’ve got the new fan warcry: “Let Vitor Get Orchestra!”

        • Chuck Da buck


      • Curt Hays

        Chuck you can edit your comment after you post it, FYI

        • Chuck Da buck

          Good to know.thanx

  • Rjd12345

    Jeff Green had 29 points and no love in the recap? What’s a guy gotta do to get in the Green! *Tommy voice*

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  • bill_nair

    Despite the rocky ending Doc more than deserved that. If I had a team on the cusp of a championship id pick doc in a heart beat. wouldn’t sign him to a multi-year deal though ha ha.

    I don’t care if Jeff misses more shots than he makes. When he shots and is aggressive as he was last night than this is what you get out of him. We keep beating a dead horse and at this point i don’t expect much to change, but it would be nice to see him do this more.

    • Chuck Da buck

      I agree and on most nights if he shoots 23 times he would usually hit 15 of them and he also shoulda got to the line six times atleast lastnight. He don’t even average 13 shots a game and he’s our leading scorer. Bradley and Crawford both shoot more than him. I like him getting more touches next time he shoots 23 times he will def drop closer to 40 pts than 30.

      • Chuck Da buck

        If u do the amount of calls the refs missed with him driving he probable woulda only had 18 or so attempts so he still should have been very efficient but for the last two games the refs won’t put him on the line. Coincidence it’s against the Atlantic division worst team with the highest payroll and the la floppers who the league wants to win this year.

        • bill_nair

          He needs to realize as a losing team he wont get those calls. As a player who never has been to one all star game he wont get those calls. but if he asserts himself the league will take notice. Big Baby got called for defensive fouls a ton before the league realized how good he was at charges. Than they started calling them fair (even given him some questionable calls.) He may not get to the line but his aggression is opening things up for his teammates when he attacks.

          The million dollar question is what Jeff do we get Friday?

          • Chuck Da buck

            He was getting them at the beginning of the season but he’s not one of those players who cries about it when he dont get them it seems like the refs baby the players who cry.

          • bill_nair

            Ya I think that could also hurt him. Notice the guys getting to the lines numerous times a night typically can be seen talking with the refs at least 10 times a game. Its always been a mental thing with Jeff. If he thinks hes an all star he’ll play like one. Unfortunately in this NBA you need to be an all star to get the benefit from the refs.

            At the start of the season i thought he would surely average at least 6fta a game. It seems like some non-calls has caused him to tick back on his attacking.

          • Chuck Da buck

            Some times he goes to soft to the rim with those little layups I feel he could dunk half the time he’s doing those dumb finger rolls but he jumps off the wrong leg to much so he has no force in his move.

  • Curt Hays

    I want to see more Marshon!

  • KGino

    The refs…. The refs cost us this game. Sorry, way too many touch fouls on one side of the ball and not on the other

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