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Your Morning Dump… Where the West is too wild for the Celtics


Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Despite another valiant effort, one that most winning teams don’t even produce on a nightly basis, the Celtics added another loss to the ledger, this time courtesy of the Dallas Mavericks, who held on to issue their guests a 94-89 defeat.

It was the fifth straight loss for the Celtics (22-46), and it was their third straight loss while wearing their festive sleeved uniforms.

But more importantly, at least as far as history is concerned, the Celtics finished their season winless on the road vs. the Western Conference (0-15) for the first time in franchise history.

“The West is clearly better than the East,” coach Brad Stevens said before the game. “I don’t think anybody would argue that.”

But afterward, Stevens was more resolute about how hard his team played considering it was without starting point guard Rajon Rondo, who sat out the second game of a back-to-back to rest his surgically repaired right knee, and considering it had just fallen in overtime in New Orleans the night before.

“I feel like a broken record, to be honest, talking about silver linings, but I guess that would be one silver lining,” he said.

Boston Globe – Celtics fall to Mavericks for fifth straight loss

There haven’t been many silver linings in the C’s playbook this season (see what I did there?) and capping off an 0-15 showing against the Western Conference with a close loss to the Mavericks is another notch in that belt.  It’s been well over a full calendar year since they’ve won in the better conference on the road and it’s incredible to think that even the abysmal 1997 and 2007 editions of the green actually won out west.   In case you were wondering, the 1997 edition went 1-14 with the lone win at the hands of the Denver Nuggets.  That 2007 edition?  They won a whopping four games out west, going 4-11, winning at Portland, Houston, Memphis and incredibly defeating the soon-to-be-NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.  That game was remarkable for many reasons, one of which ended what was about a 40 year drought of defeating San Antonio anywhere.  But I digress.

Back to the real world where this version has set history and it’s a team with a long history.  The Celtics for the most part have battled hard throughout the majority of games this year, but just fall short.  Last night was no different and along with Sunday night’s tough loss to New Orleans (as well as the Portland and Golden State games) they were all winnable.  There are encouraging signs, like the C’s recent explosion of offensive rebounds, including destroying Dallas overall on the glass last night.  But this schedule doesn’t get any lighter and Coach Stevens will continue to experiment with combos as best he can.  With 14 games to go, the true silver lining won’t happen until the end of May.  Enjoy March Madness on both the college level as well as the local pro product you’ll get on the court for the rest of the year.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Olynyk taking charge for C’s | Road proved tough out West

Boston Globe –   Raising NBA age limit to 20 a hot topic to Celtics’ Jared Sullinger

Boston Herald – No luck for Celtics in Dallas | Celtics Notebook: Rick Carlisle likes Celtics approach

CSNNE – Bayless hets up, but it’s not enough in loss | Good, bad & ugly: C’s finish winless out west | In the bonus: Ellis doing more with less | Cowens high on Kansas’ Joel Embiid

MassLive – Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk coexisting well even as Boston Celtics slide, posting some impressive statistics as duo

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  • bill_nair

    How many straight have we lost to Dallas (both home and road)? I feel like we havent beaten the Mavs in a decade.

    • Curt Hays

      KWAPT posted something about this the other day, but I can’t find it. I think it was 2007 or 8

      • bill_nair

        How was the game last night Curt? Atleast you got to watch a fight instead of a blow out.

        I went to a Mavs game a few years ago and we lost. On my 18th I watched the Mavs and Cs game on the big screen at the casino. We lost. I feel like every Mavs/Cs game ive watched ends up in a loss for us (same with Spurs and those dreadful west coast swings in December).

        • Curt Hays

          The game was probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a Mavs game. We were surrounded by some of the best Celtics fans I’ve met. One of whom said he’s a reader of Reds Army! I actually didn’t get their contact info, but I wish I had so that we’d have a group to go watch the Cs in the playoffs next year. That being said, we do have a decent meetup group of Celtics fans and Boston transplants here (I’m sure they’re in every town for every team, but I think Celtics fans are the smartest and best fans.) that get together to watch the Cs, the Sox, the Bs, and the Pats.

          The game was very fun even though it was frustrating. After the Mavs mascot ripped up the “Team Sully #7” sign of a very nice lady, I no longer was willing to accept a loss. I wanted a dagger in the form of a game winning three from Sully. Instead, Bayless drove…anyway.

          We don’t ever beat the Mavs because we never seem to be able to shut down Dirk while also shutting down whoever else they have that can shoot. We always have someone the height of Big Baby guarding him.

          I was VERY happy about the rebounds though. I will say…Shawn Marion torched the Cs overall. He always seems to.

          • bill_nair

            nice to hear you had a good time. Wish we couldve pulled out a win for you guys.

          • Curt Hays

            Thanks man. I’m with most of you guys in that I’m okay with playing sorry for Jabrari.

          • Clogger

            Watch the C’s in the playoffs next year, that’s a good one.

    • hj

      we beat dallas last year, I remember 2OT peirce carried us, dont remember what time of the year, the statistic was for playing on the road though, idk waht Jay O was talking about

  • Jay O

    They last defeated Dallas in December of 2012, in 2OT –

    • bill_nair

      ‘Preciate that Jay. Feels like its been longer but no surprise we beat THAT Mavs squad.

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  • Pablo Alvarez

    I remember than Spurs game perfectly. PP making his shots in crunch time, ending that infinite losing streak since T. Duncan came into the league.