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Recap: Turner’s buzzer beater sinks Celtics

KWAPT January 30, 2014 Gametime, Recaps 5 Comments

etThe Celtics were one stop away from getting a win tonight, but Evan Turner’s off balance shot rolled in at the buzzer, snuffing out Boston’s chance for the “W”. I was at the Garden tonight and this one was honestly a game the C’s would have been extremely lucky to have won. The Celts gave up 58 points in the paint (matador defense would be an understatement) and turned the ball over 17 times. Sure, Sully had a big game and their was some good play, but this was pretty much more of the same from the C’s. Sloppy play, missed free-throws and the overall failure to finish. Boston scored just 4 points in the final 5:23 and shot 9 of 27  for the quarter- blowing quite a few opportunities to put some distance between themselves and Philly. I will give credit where’s it due though. The Sixers held Boston at bay for most of this game, and Brett Brown did a nice job of getting his young team a win on the road. Philly feasted on the Celts’ lack of interior defense and Brown had his squad in attack mode for most of the night.

It was “Seats For Soldiers” night at the Garden, and the crowd of 18,000+ really, desperately wanted this win. We all stood up after Kris Humphries missed a jumper with 11 seconds left, expecting the Sixers to take a timeout. But Brown let his guys play. Evan Turner shook Jerryd Bayless with a nasty crossover and put up an awkward floater that fell in at the horn. Folks swore, kids shrieked and it was as if a giant foot came down from the rafters & kicked us all in our collective nuts. Sixers win 95-94. The C’s now have three days off before a 1pm meeting at home with the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

The Green:

  • Monster game for Sully: 24 points & 17 rebounds in 35 minutes
  • Another solid night from Humph as he played some great defense & notched 13 pts & 9 rebounds off the bench

The Gross:

  • Sixers had a party in the paint, scoring 58 of their 95 points down low
  • Phil Pressey struggled tonight. The rook was 1 for 7 from the field with 5 turnovers

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  • Brad P

    Those aren’t really streaks though. Last season was our season of streaks. I remember something along the lines of 6W, 4L, 4W, 6L. Freaking .500 rollercoaster that was

  • Curt Hays

    I have a Kelly Olynyk jersey. Last night, Kelly played hard, and it was a pleasure to watch. But on Defense…terrible. It is as though he doesn’t KNOW how to stop them.

  • GreenbirdCro

    sdLs! That’s what I like!
    Single digits loses
    keep us close to The Bingo
    yet it’s either a sign of fight, grit or any other teaching/developmental experience
    Ws will come
    and when they do, we’ll drown all these bad memories in that sea of joy! :)

  • adam

    someone posted this team doesn’t have an identity, they are right. We have a 3 rookies, 2 d-league guys, and a bunch of other guys thrown in without a theme/brand/identity yet. Our best scorer is hurt right now, when this all comes together. which I believe danny is trying, it will be nice.

  • cal

    Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo says he hasn’t given much thought to whether he will explore unrestricted free agency when his contract expires after the 2014-15 season, but he acknowledged Friday there are aspects of it that intrigue him.

    “It’s kind of like, I would say, maybe college recruiting,” Rondo said after practice. “I’m pretty sure a lot more goes into it in the NBA. A lot more money is spent.


    http://espn.go.com/boston/nba/story/_/id/10383583/rajon-rondo-boston-celtics-admits-being-intrigued-free-agency

    bye RR :(