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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics elite perimeter defense failed them in Dallas

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And suddenly the stage was set for the Celtics to complete an improbable comeback, for them to overcome a sordid 1 for 15 start, for them to dig out of a 17-point hole, for them to win one more game against a more powerful team.

In overtime, though, the Celtics stalled and the Mavericks could not miss. Dallas made all four of its 3-point attempts and all six of its free throws, as it took a 118-113 victory and snapped the Celtics’ three-game winning streak.

“That overtime,” Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said as he stood in a near-empty locker room long after the game. “You can’t give up 20 points in five minutes.”

The Mavericks led 103-102 with less than two minutes left in the game when they blitzed the Celtics with a barrage of 3-pointers. Deron Williams hit one that was answered by Marcus Smart at the other end. Then Williams added another long ball, and after a missed 3-pointer by Crowder, Dirk Nowitzki swished another 3 from the left corner, making it 112-105 with 35.4 seconds left.

Globe

The Celtics entered last night’s game against Dallas with the 3rd best 3-point defense (32%) in the league. But Dallas – a mediocre 3-point shooting team (20th) – didn’t give a damn.

The Mavs made 16 out of 34 triples, good for a ridiculous 47% (15% better than their season average).

Stevens credited the Mavs with quality ball movement. If only they had someone who could lock down Dirk Nowitzki:

Afterward, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said that Nowitzki had struggled against Celtics forward Amir Johnson in the first half, when he scored just 6 points. But Johnson played only two minutes after halftime, when Nowitzki went off for 25 of his 31 points.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens instead called on either Jared Sullinger or Olynyk in Boston’s otherwise guard-heavy lineups. Olynyk played well; he made 5 of 6 3-pointers and the Celtics outscored the Mavericks by 27 points when he was on the court.

Wut?

It’s hard for me to second guess Stevens when a) I went to bed at halftime and b) Kelly Olynyk was a ridiculous +27. But am I crazy to think he couldn’t have used Amir Johnson for a few minutes late in this game?

On Page 2, Jae Crowder pokes fun at Dirk.

It didn’t help when the Celtics attempted to impede the movement of Dirk Nowitzki, who was 12-for-13 from the line.

Crowder laughed.

“Can’t play too close to him,” said the former Maverick Crowder about his onetime teammate. “He flops and flails a lot, and knows how to get the calls. But you have to play physical with him and not let him get to his spots. You have to make it tough for him. He’s a hell of a scorer and he showed it tonight.”

Herald

Even at age 37, Dirk is still getting it done. He’s flopping and flailing his way to nearly 18 ppg on 40% shooting from 3.

And finally, the Warriors SMOKED the Cavs.

The silky-skilled 27-year-old point guard had reportedly angered certain Cavaliers players in the build-up by joking that he hoped the locker room “still smells a little bit like champagne.”

But any plans the Cavaliers had to make Curry regret his choice of words were torn up within a few minutes of the tip-off. The Warriors raced into an early lead and never looked back.

By the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers trailed by a mammoth 43 points — the largest deficit James has faced at any point in his 1,127-game career.

The 34-point loss was the heaviest margin of defeat James has suffered in a home defeat, according to ESPN Statistics.

Yahoo Sports

LeBron reportedly called his agent after the game and asked how much cap-space the Spurs have next year.

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  • Finks

    “LeBron reportedly called his agent after the game and asked how much cap-space the Spurs have next year.”

    Fantastic!

  • Sean

    Jae Crowder took some bad shots in OT. Deron Williams had his best 5 mins of basketball since he was with the Jazz.

    • Curt Hays

      That’s what I told my gf on the way home. DWill picks THAT night to pick himself up out of the gutter. FML

      • KGino

        That was tough to watch. You know how much I hate Dwill. Pair him with Zaza and you have a pretty hate able team, even with Dirk

        • Curt Hays

          I like the fact that he’s from where I’m from and that he didn’t like being in NYC. I feel I have that in common with him. It is nice to see him getting better for the Mavs. He can actually play on both ends of the court. (I’m REALLY sick of how much everyone loves Dirk)

          That being said, DWill is a tool.

  • Curt Hays

    Kelly was irritated. Dirk drained a shot in his face, and when Walter tried talking to him, he just yelled, “Don’t talk to me.”

    Then, did we give Kelly the ball? No. Did we get Kelly a look to drive to the basket to wake up his team (which slept through the first half)? No.

    I’m just so frustrated with this team right now. They looked terrible. I’m hesitant, but I am starting to believe that this really is all on Brad Stevens. Go get Thibs. We need a good assistant coach. Stevens is great at a lot of things. There are things his assistants are not helping him with.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Thibs is available…bring him back, even if he demands the salary of a head coach.

      • Curt Hays

        I don’t care if he demands Shaq’s old house, we need him.

        • RedsLoveChild

          I don`t care if they throw in Shaq`s current mansion in Windermere, FL, we need him.

      • art

        The Nets want him but we can hope he’s not interested in the 3rd worst team.

    • KGino

      Brad + Thibs = Championship. Regardless of roster.

    • art

      Yeah! Good idea. Bring back Thibs. We know Stevens is a smart guy yet there seems to be things he just isn’t getting. LIke stop with the hero ball and as soon as players like Turner and Sullinger shoot 3’s, they go straight to the bench. And why in the world would Johnson not be guarding Nowitzki in the second half if he shut him down in the first?

      • Curt Hays

        IDK. IDFK. I’m frustrated and confused too. You’re too right.

  • KGino

    Not really mad at the Celts for this one. Refs threw up all over themselves (again) starting around the 9 min mark of the 4th Q. More questionable calls down the stretch (mostly benefiting Dallas). Mavs hit shots in OT.

    The things that drive me insane are 1.) Sullinger playing hero ball down the stretch

    2.) Any time Evan Turner shoots a 3, it’s not going in. I literally think it every time he shoots one and I’m right. How the F are you still hucking up 3’s if your ET, I wish I could grab him by the jersey and yell right in his face how much he sucks at 3’s. Don’t believe me Evan?! Check your freaking percentage this season.

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