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Recap: Celtics run hot and cold, lose to Suns

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) February 19, 2014 Recaps 10 Comments

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The Celtics had their good stretches (primarily when Rajon Rondo was on the floor) and their bad stretches (when Rondo was off).  One really bad eight minute stretch between the third and fourth quarters doomed them, though.  They saw a 10 point lead disappear without scoring a single field goal, and they ended up losing to the Suns 100-94

The difference between having Rondo and not having Rondo was palpable.  The C’s bench just couldn’t get the job done.  They were outscored 37-21.

The Green

Rondo didn’t have the greatest shooting night, but he did carry the team for large stretches.  He finished 3 rebounds short of a triple double.  He was a +16 in a 6 point loss.

If this was Brandon Bass’ last game in green, it was a good one: 18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks

The Gross

Jared Sullinger had a rough game, shooting just 5-13.    In fact, the Celtics overall shot just 39%.  Bass shot well, and Gerald Wallace/Chris Johnson combined to hit 5 of 8.  But everyone else… blah.

The Celtics were outscored 33-15 from beyond the arc.

The Celtics had NO answer for Markieff Morris.  Hell, they really had no answer for either Morris.  Markieff had 18 on 7-12 shooting.  Marcus had 11 on 4-8 shooting (2-5 3pt).

PJ Tucker was everywhere tonight too.  His energy was a bright spot (no pun intended) all night for the Suns.  He filled up the stat sheet too:  10 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals.  If you count hustle plays as a stat, he probably had a triple double tonight.

The Greenlights

Rondo with the aggressive drive to the basket

This is a Gerald Green highlight, but I share it only because of how it looks like he just floats every time he jumps.  This kid has some sick, sick hops.

The Grid

  • Celtics: 25 points off 18 PHX turnovers.
  • Fastbreak points:  PHX- 30, BOS- 8
  • Phoenix: 11-28 from 3 (39.3%).  Boston:  5-17 (29.4%)

I found it pretty inconvenient that there was a basketball game interrupting the trade deadline talk.  Tomorrow should be a good one.  We’re doing a special episode of Celtics Stuff Live at 9pm tomorrow to recap the trade deadline deals.

Box Score

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  • Curt Hays

    Kelly Olynyk really showed up tonight. All over the court. I am an even bigger fan now. Rondo showed that defense again. LA Flake, let us know how you felt about it.

    I have been an advocate of trading Bass for two seasons now. I would rather keep Bass than Jeff Green now.

    • wil

      we should trade bass and green if we can. Bass is a great piece to have if youre a contender. But right now we are trying to improve the chemistry of our younger core players.

      That game got rondo written all over it. But still had stretches where the offense got stagnant. i really believe, sully will benefit being the one in the pick and roll with rondo instead of bass. Sully is having a hard time getting involved when Rondo is playing.

      Olynyks potential is realllllllllllllllly high. He is not good yet but you can see what he can do. He is learning how to position himself in areas where he can succeed. Once he strengthens up and gets used to how NBA defends, he will be able to use his fancy footwork. I wish mchale could train him lol

      • swissflix

        Once his spot up jump shot becomes deadly, he will be dangerous. As of now, the game is still too fast for him at times.

        • Curt Hays

          Totally agree about Kelly and his potential, but did you see him getting around last night? He was moving with the quickness of a 6-footer. He was on every loose ball, swarming the passing lanes, and right on a ton of rebounds. He and Gerald Wallace hustled quite a bit last night. The stats do not show how much of a pro Kelly appeared to be last night.

          Also, Rondo looked like himself again.

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      • eddysamson

        If only Dirk was retired, we could pay him like 25K to develop KO.

  • Lee in Oregon

    The refs swallowed their whistles tonite and really let them play, which lead to some chippiness…mostly by PJ Tucker. Suns are a fun team to watch and Hornacek and McDonough will be in the awards running.

    • bill_nair

      Hornacek deserves COTY in my opinion.

      • Curt Hays

        I’d still vote for Brad Stevens. I have to.

  • Chulinho

    Can’t wait until Rondo gets that knee brace off. you can tell it’s hindering him from moving laterally on defense and when he pushes off of his right leg. He’s showing improvement otherwise.

  • bill_nair

    Loved the aggression we got outta Rondo. The injury is still on his mins you could tell when he attacks. I love the way he’s dictating the offense. It would be a pleasant surprise but I believe he can average 15-16ppg the final stretch of the season.