Many Celtics’ fans on the East coast had to stay up late to watch this one but unfortunately for them, they were left disappointed with tonight’s result.
The Celtics lost yet another game on the road, this time to the Portland Trailblazers by a score of 92-86. The Celtics are now 9-18 away from the Garden this season.
Portland was riding a seven-game losing streak before snapping it with tonight’s win. Wesley Matthews led all scorers with 24 points, including a dagger 3-pointer, with 53 seconds left, to put his team up six.
Paul Pierce had a chance to tie the game late on a 3-pointer, but fell short, promptly leading to Matthews’ 3-pointer to put the game out of reach.
Boston now falls to 1-3 on their West coast road trip, with still one game left to play. Pierce led the Celtics with 23 points, while Kevin Garnett had 20 points and tacked on another nine rebounds.
The biggest problem for the Celtics came with their inability to simply hit shots. Boston shot just 42.4 percent from the floor, including a dreadful 2-13 from behind the arc, resulting in only 86 points scored.
In classic fashion, Boston was also outrebounded by 11. Rebounding has proven to be a concern all year and it cost the Celtics once again. Only Pierce and Garnett had more than five rebounds for Boston. Portland had five different players reach that same mark, led by J.J Hickson’s 11 rebounds.
Jordan Crawford, the newest Celtic addition, was held scoreless, missing all four of hit shot attempts. This is a drastic let down from his impressive 10-point debut on Friday night against Phoenix.
The Celtics now sit at 29-27, seventh in the Eastern Conference. The lost cost Boston an opportunity to move closer in playoff seeding, as both the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls dropped games.
The Celtics will have another chance to conquer their road demons tomorrow night in Utah. The Jazz are 21-6 at home this year though, so Boston could be looking at losing four of their five games this road trip.