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Recap: Undermanned Celts fight, but can’t finish off Kings

KWAPT February 23, 2014 Gametime, Recaps 10 Comments

gayWith Rondo & Sully both sitting tonight, the obvious question was where would the offense come from? Well, early on, it did not come at all. Jeff Green started the night 0 for 8 and as a team, Boston shot just 26% in the first quarter. Behind Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings had a 23-16 lead after one quarter of play in Sacramento. Boston went into tonight’s game with just 9 players available-Bradley & Faverani did not make the trip & as mentioned earlier, Rondo (resting the knee) & Sullinger (mild concussion) both got the night off.

The Celtics fared a bit better in the 2nd quarter. Jeff Green finally found some offense late in the frame, and Humphries (7 second quarter points) was playing well on both sides of the ball. Kris had Cousins frustrated and basically stifled him during Boogie’s 7 minutes on the floor. Thanks to Green’s 10 second quarter points, Boston ended the first half on a 10-2 run. It was 51-43 Kings at the half. Sacramento was aggressive in the quarter, and got to the FT line quite a bit.

Boston came out of the locker room for the 3rd quarter as if they’d been fired out of a cannon. Shots began to fall and the C’s were within three points, 53-50 with 9:15 left in the quarter. Green & Humphries continued to be the catalysts, and Brandon Bass shrugged off a rough start to get it going also. Jeff had 9 points in the quarter, Bass 8. But unfortunately, they had trouble slowing down the Kings on the other end. Sacramento continued to push the tempo against a C’s team that played last night in L.A. SacTown shot 58% from the floor in the quarter, and were up 77-70 heading into the final frame. Give credit to Green-after an abysmal start tonight, would’ve been easy for him to mail the rest of this one in. His 19 points in the 2nd & 3rd, were key to Boston keeping this game from getting out of hand.

It looked like the Kings were about to run away with things come the start of the fourth. Sacramento upped their lead to eleven, 85-74 with 10:02 left in the game. But Kris Humphries and Jeff Green would not let Boston go down without a fight. Humphries was in DeMarcus Cousins’ head all night, and if not for a few “blown” calls, (more on that later) Cousins would’ve fouled out midway through the fourth. After Carl Landry committed a flagrant & Kelly Olynyk hit the first FT, the game was tied at 85 with 6:23 left. But it was all Kings after that. Boston simply could not hit the big shot/get the big stop when it really mattered. It was a game effort, but the Kings win 105-98. Rudy Gay had 22 points and Isaiah Thomas had 21 points & 12 assists.

Brad Stevens received his first ever ejection tonight after giving referee (and known asshole) Marc Davis a piece of his mind near the end of the game. Davis missed  turned a blind eye to a couple of easy calls on Cousins in the fourth. Gerald Wallace was also ejected for saying something to Davis. The Celtics now head to Utah where they play the Jazz on Monday. Tip-off is at 9pm EST.

The Green:

  • Can’t say enough about the effort from Kris Humphries tonight. He rented out serious space in DeMarcus Cousins’ head, locked him up on defense and had a season-high 19 points. Humph also had 8 rebounds, 4 asts, 2 blks & 2 stls.
  • It’d be easy to leave Uncle Jeff out of “The Green” tonight, as he shot 7 of 25, but his 29 points in 43 minutes of play (19 points in the 2nd half) were key to this not being a walk in the park for Sacramento.

The Gross:

  • Boston lost this game at the free-throw line. The Celtics were 24 of 36 from the charity stripe

The Greenlights:

Humph in Boogie’s head

Clip of Stevens’ first ever ejection

The Grid:

 

 

Box score

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  • adam

    man cousins has some maturity issues. i loved what humps was doing to him tonight.

    • Rjd12345

      Yeah after watching him tonight. I’m glad the Celts never traded for DMC

      • bill_nair

        Unfortunately thousands of C’s fans didn’t watch this game and have no idea who DMC really is (and would sell the entire roster to obtain him). Like the kid as a player but keep him out of Green.

  • vitamin d

    Are refs allowed to get suspended, because Marc Davis needs to go.

  • svc359

    The Kings are the Lions of the NBA…a bunch of punks

    • svc359

      Also, I know this loss helps this whole tanking BS, but man those refs were awful all night. If you google image search “marc davis ref”, it’s all pictures of him vs rondo haha.

  • Bob

    it’s HUMP not HUMPH…

    • Graham Brunell

      You seem very angry about this.

    • KWAPT

      I call him “Humph” because it just sounds better. I’m completely aware that most call him Hump, but I don’t care for it. “Hump” sounds like something dogs do or what camels have on their back. So it’s actually “Humph” for me Bob. You say tomato….

  • Alex Costa

    Every time Marc Davis refs a Celtics game, he seems very biased against the Celtics. I swear to God… I’m always raging about this ref.