Who's at Fault For Our Recent Bad Spell?
The Wizards were 1-5 going into this matchup and beat us by 25 points. I don’t care who’s injured and who’s not, we shouldn’t be losing to the Wizards by 25 points. I haven’t been this upset since the last game against the Nuggets, and I was pretty damn upset that game. Time to review the game with the goods and bads, but I’m mostly just going to voice out my frustrations.
- Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, and Avery Bradley look like the only players that want to play, simple as that. Combining for 64 of the team’s 93 points, they’re the only players that play with heart and actually want to win. Isaiah “Little Ticket” Thomas continues to be the leader on the team and in the scoring column. Isaiah is one of the only players that even attempts to get to the free throw line, coming up with nearly half our free throw attempts.
- Avery continues to be the defensive anchor on the team and being a go-to scorer. Whenever Marcus is in the game, he’s a game changer. Whether it’s a blowout loss or a close game, he continues to make plays and play as hard as he possibly can. He tried his hardest to bring the C’s back into the game, scoring 18 points in the third quarter, but he didn’t have much help from anybody else to make it a close game. These three players are the only ones I can trust at the moment.
- Kelly Olynyk made his triumphant return to the Celtics last night. He only finished with two points, but he tallied six rebounds, tied with Isaiah Thomas (surprise surprise) for most on the team. He looked rusty, and none of his shots were falling, but he’ll get more comfortable out there as more games go by. One game at a time.
Those are the only good things I have to say about this game. Time to rip this team and my hair apart.
- I guess young guys enjoy having career nights against us, huh? Otto Porter last night was basically Emmanuel Mudiay four days ago. He single-handedly outscored the Celtics 13-8 in the first quarter. Sounds familiar, right? He finished with a career-high 34 points and 14 rebounds. Jae Crowder wouldn’t have allowed that to happen let me tell you. He was just unstoppable, especially in the first quarter. There’s not much more I can really can or want to say. We couldn’t stop him, and he killed us, simple as that.
- I’m sick and tired of complaining about the rebounding on this team. It’s like a broken record repeating over and over again. I continue to tell this team to rebound the damn basketball, but they refuse to listen to me. We were outrebounded 54-31 last night. We allowed 19 offensive rebounds. Bradley Beal got an offensive rebound sitting down. Otto Porter grabbed an offensive rebound with five green jerseys surrounding him. Avery Bradley can’t be the one to lead the team in rebounds. It’s awesome for him, but we can’t have our shooting guard average the most rebounds on this team. The rebounding makes me sick to my stomach, and I’m done talking about it. Keep rebounding like this and we aren’t winning games. Whatever, I guess.
- The Celtics got outscored 34-8 in the first quarter. Hmm, I wonder why they lost? They continue to dig themselves into a hole in first quarters and can’t get themselves out of it. They make up such a large deficit that’s almost impossible to come back from. The Celtics’ eight points were the fewest they’ve scored in the first quarter in over four decades, one point off of the team record of seven. We lose games because we continue to give up an absurd amount of points in the first. I mean it’s not the ONLY reason why we lose, but this certainly doesn’t help. The Celtics performed well in the second quarter, though, scoring 35 points. If only we played the first quarter like we did the second quarter… If only.
- The free throw shooting continues to be pathetic. Isaiah came up with 10 of the team’s 22 free throw attempts, and he made all ten. Shooting 59.1 percent from the line is pathetic. Guys don’t even try to get to line half as much as Isaiah does. And when we do, we can’t convert. Marcus missed his two free throws after John Wall’s flagrant foul, and Terry missed technical foul free throws given to him. Those are points literally given to us, and we can’t take advantage of it. I know even if we made more of our free throws we still would’ve gotten blown out, but it’s pathetic how little we try to get to the line.
- I thought we were supposed to be a good defensive team? Nope, guess not. In every game this season except for one, we’ve allowed our opponent to score at least 100 points. Oh, and that one game I was talking about? We gave up 98 points. We currently rank last in the league in defensive rating (112.3), as well as being last in defensive rebounding percentage (70.8%) and total rebound percentage (45.5%). We shouldn’t stay in last once our injured guys return, but this isn’t something to be proud of. I’m not too worried about the defense right now simply because we’re starting a rookie and Tyler Zeller in place of two of our best defensive guys. We just need to find a way to cut down the scoring for the time being.
- Unless we are the ones blowing teams out, seeing James Young get playing time is never a good sign. Never.
If I could be totally honest with you guys, I did not expect the Celtics to fall off as much as they did with Crowder and Horford out. I figured guys off the bench would step up in their absence and do their best to fill their shoes. Boy was I wrong. If Tyler Zeller starts another game anytime soon I’m going to punch a wall or something. I’m sorry, but that guy cannot start in this league. Even with injuries guys still need to step up and compete, and I’ve seen none of that. Brian Scalabrine made a great point after last night’s game, saying that he’d replace Kevin Garnett when he was injured and they’d still find a way to win. I think he was implying that he’s the only guy that could step up and help this team win games because nobody else can. This team looks like a joke without Crowder and Horford in the lineup. It’s embarrassing how many rebounds, points, second chance points, and career games they’re giving up. I have complete confidence in a fully healthy Celtics’ team, but right now my confidence is starting to diminish. I don’t know if it’s the coach’s fault, the players’ fault, or whoever’s fault, but something needs to be fixed, and it needs to be fixed now.
Until Boston plays with the same heart that won us so many games last season, I can’t even see us winning 40 this season. Come on guys; I know you’re better than this. Get your heads out your asses and step up. It’s too early in the season to be giving up games like these. Figure it out.
Seven down, 75 to go. On to New York. #3-4 #AllAbout18