Oscar Wilde once wrote “it is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly.”
The Celtics, tonight, were ugly, and quite far from good
Sure, they kept things close for a while, and they made a nice little run in the last couple of minutes, but there was very little about this game that one could take in, process, and spin into anything overwhelmingly positive.
The Celtics turned the ball over quite a bit (20 turnovers) and shared it very little (15 assists, 6 in the second half). Though, to be fair, the high volume of missed shots makes it quite difficult to rack up any assists.
These teams combined to shoot about 40%. So we sat there and watched 60% of the shot attempts miss their mark. The Celtics somehow made it to 82 points. Chicago had 94.
I didn’t think Jordan Crawford had a particularly great game, but his stat line made it seem like he was great: 22 points on 7-11 fg, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, and 8-10 from the line. Maybe it’s just me, but watching that game, this stat line shocks the hell out of me.
Courtney Lee had a stretch in the first half where it looked like he was going to have a big game off the bench. He shot 3 of 5… though he only took (and made) 1 shot in the second half.
Kris Humphries had another solid game with 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
Jeff Green was 5-18 for 11 points. He barely existed for a large portion of this game.
Kelly Olynyk, fresh off a career game, played less than 8 minutes thanks to some horrible defense early in the game. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t Andrea Bargnani bad, but it wasn’t too far off.
Sullinger’s hand is really bothering him. I’m not sure what the injury REALLY is, but he’s not the same guy out there right now. If he needs to sit, then he should sit.
Crawford had 5 turnovers.
At one point, Mike F’ing Dunleavy was taking over the game. He was primarily responsible for the insurmountable second half lead. MIKE. DUNLEAVY!!
- Front line vs. front line starters: Bulls (Deng, Noah, Boozer): 47 points (20-41 fg) – Boston (Green, Bass, Sullinger): 28 points (13-38 fg)
- Points in the paint: CHI 48 – BOS 36
- 3 point shooting: CHI 2-15 (13%) – BOS 2-13 (16.7%)
You guys get the point. This wasn’t fun to watch at all. The loss move the Celtics out of the 8th seed. Considering the upcoming schedule, it’ll be interesting to see if the Celtics are ever a seed of any sort again this season.