The Celtics and Sixers gathered tonight to set the game of basketball at least 3o or 40 years. They did that for a large portion of the first quarter. But in the second quarter, we actually saw something that resembled the sport we all know and love. Jerryd Bayless’ monster 12 point on 4-6 shooting (2-3 from 3) quarter carried the Celtics who otherwise shot 6-20 in the 2nd. The 3 point barrage helped the C’s put up 34 in the second and take a 51-49 halftime lead.
And then…. the second half happened. The Celtics were outscored 61-51 in the second half. They gave up 61 points to a team that is so blatantly tanking, they just bought 5 discarded Abrams tanks from the US government in which to travel to road games. Probably.
Anyway. The Celtics gave up an 11-2 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters. Despite cutting the game to 3 at one point, they never really recovered. In a game where Rondo had his first triple-double of the season and Phil Pressey had a 2-handed dunk (NO, REALLY!!!), I can’t wash the stink of a tank-tastic loss at home to the blatantly tanking 76’ers off my person.
Well, no one got hurt. So that’s a good thing.
Rondo somehow managed 16 assists in an 11/16/11 triple double, his first of the season.
Kelly Olynyk had a very nice stretch in the second quarter where he showed there is definitely something to be positive about in the future. He’s going to be a solid part of our future.
Bayless’ second quarter was fantastic. Overall, though…. 8/20 shooting is kind of a slightly less than ok night.
The Celtics lost. At home. To the Sixers. Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know… but AT HOME?? C’mon.
The Celtics had 22 turnovers, giving up 23 points off those turnovers to the Sixers
- The Celtics were outscored 54-38 in the paint.
- Bayless: 23 points, 6 turnovers.
I know this loss helps “the cause.” I just… I can’t stand a loss like this at home. To me, it just shows that the team is where I am… done with the season. I don’t think they care anymore. As admirable as this effort has been this year, I think this team is cooked. Done. I used to think they’d finish strong. Now…
They might not win again this season.