The Boston Celtics lose at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets tonight 101-93 in a very sloppy performance by both teams. Boston started the game on a 15-7 run early in the first quarter but soon became flat, displaying little to no energy from the second quarter onward. This was another disappointing loss for a team that needs to get into a good rhythm before the playoffs. However, Brooklyn played hard and is obviously a tough matchup for Boston as they won the season series, defeating the Celtics twice at the Garden.
The Celtics had their chances to make a comeback early in the fourth quarter, but they reverted back to old ways, making careless mistakes, and forcing passes that weren’t there. Boston didn’t take advantage of fast break opportunities which can be accredited to Brooklyn’s defense getting back in transition.
Boston had no answer for Deron Williams who finished with 29 points and dished out 12 assists. With Avery Bradley in foul trouble throughout most of the game, there was no one on the Celtics who could matchup against him, and when they did slow him down, Joe Johnson stepped in and made big shots. The Nets overwhelmed Boston with their ability to go inside to Brook Lopez or kick the bal out to the guards who would hit the wide open perimeter shot. The Celtics weren’t prepared for their arsenal of firepower on the offensive end and it cost them.
Key players Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, and Avery Bradley were not factors tonight as they combined for 23 points. Sometimes thats enough, but Green was 4 for 17 from the field, only scoring 11 points, and Brandon Bass was 5 for 11 chipping in 10 points. The lack of production from Boston’s starters whose name is not Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett was a deciding factor for the Celtics tonight.
It has become a habit for Boston as they haven’t shown up in games within the last month or so. There was no energy or determination to win tonight, and even Doc Rivers asked the team if they even wanted to play tonight during a time-out. At this point in the season, this wasn’t one of those tough losses to swallow as Boston didn’t seem to care too much that they lost. The Celtics take on the Miami Heat Friday night in Miami. If Boston goes into that game with the same attitude as tonight, they’ll get blown out for sure.