The Boston Celtics lose in overtime to the Milwaukee Bucks 99-94. With the way that the C’s played, they deserved to lose. They allowed Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to score 20 points within the flow of an offense. Sure, it took the Bucks four periods and an overtime to score 99 points, but you can’t allow things like that to happen.
Monta Ellis put the Celtics away with a key offensive rebound at the end of the game and ensuing free throws. He scored 27 points on 21 shots and added five dimes to that total, too.
The Celtics lacked aggression and didn’t really show any until the end of the game. The Bucks defense didn’t allow any separation off of the dribble and in turn dribble penetration was taken away. Rajon Rondo only had six points and he just reached the 11 assist mark on the night.
As a ripple effect of Rondo’s lack of aggression, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry combined to shoot 7-37 from the field and scored a combined 16 points. That’s atrocious.
The Celtics tried to go with a different look by starting Jason Collins at center tonight. Boston’s defense seemed to have a kick start from that, but they didn’t perform well on the offensive end all.
Of course, after Paul Pierce’s 40 points game against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night you had to worry about the Celtics’ underwhelming performances. They had another one tonight–Pierce still shined.
He had 35 points and 12 rebounds along with five assists. Boston can’t rely on Pierce to compete at a high level like this every game of the season. He’s going to need help at some point. Games like tonight showed us why.
The Celtics will take a four day layoff until their next game. They’ll face the Brooklyn Nets in a much anticipated rematch. They’ll tip off at 12:00 noon, EST, in the Barclays center on ABC.