The Celtics seven game win streak is now over following a 94-91 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. That wasn’t the only thing lost for the Celtics though, as Leandro Barbosa is likely done for the season according to various reports.
The “Brazilian Blur” appears to have torn his ACL at the tail-end of the third quarter, after his knee gave out on him as he drove toward the basket. Barbosa finished with just three points on the night.
The season ending injury to Barbosa marks the third of such kind to a Boston player in the past two weeks. Both Rajon Rondo (ACL) and Jared Sullinger (Back) have seen their season’s shortened by injuries.
Despite Barbosa’s loss, Boston still managed to hold a four-point lead late in the fourth quarter, but a Gerald Henderson three-pointer cut the lead to one with a little more than a minute left to play. The Bobcats eventually took the lead when Ramon Sessions knocked down a jumper with 25 seconds left.
Kevin Garnett would miss the potential go-ahead basket with 17 seconds to go. After a pair of made free throws by the Bobcats to stretch the lead to three, both Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley missed game-tieing attempts in the waining seconds.
Tired legs may have ultimately cost the Celtics this game. After playing three overtimes against Denver last night, many of the Celtics’ players appeared to be without any energy for long stretches. Garnett and Pierce both had below average shooting performances, combining to shoot just 9-of-25 from the field.
Jeff Green led the team with 18 points in just 24 minutes of action. Boston’s bench as a whole outscored the Bobcats by 16.
The loss drops the Celtics to 27-24 on the season, as they will remain the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The win marks just the 12th on the season for the Bobcats, who have the worst record in the NBA.
Boston next plays on Wednesday when they will have the chance to exact revenge on the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls beat the Celtics by one point in overtime back on Jan. 18.