Let the tank…begin. The Boston Celtics blew a lead against the lowly Milwaukee Bucks after being up by as much as 22 points. They were shooting at a 63% clip at halftime, only to have that fall to 44%.
The Milwaukee Bucks made clutch plays to cap this game. They took a three point lead and then John Henson blocked a shot to get the Bucks the ball back. They then fished the ball down the floor with quick passes and got an easy two to seal the deal.
The Celtics finished the game with 17 turnovers and 29 fouls. Those are two impact stats that will vastly affect your game if you don’t have the scoring production to counteract it. Even if you do, sometimes that is entirely too much to recover from.
The Celtics outrebounded the Bucks and outshot them from the field, but the Bucks shot 34 free throws with not a lot of players who can draw fouls on a consistent basis. This shows us that the Celtics aren’t really able to defend without fouling at this point.
Turnovers also helped the Bucks chop their deficit down for the victory. They bought themselves extra possessions along with extra points from foul shots. You can’t allow opponents to do that if you’re going to win games.
The Celtics offense looked smooth initially, but the turnovers really stunted things for them. They side to side motion leading to side pick and rolls works like a charm, but the Celtics just need to execute it on a consistent basis. Right now, they may not have the proper personnel to do so. Avery Bradley still has had his struggles at the point guard position and they still need much more shooting.
The positive signs from this game are that Jeff Green still looks very good, Vitor Faverani looks great and the Celtics defense can be pretty stingy in stretches. Green only scored 13 points, but he had some very solid looks and was pretty efficient initially.
Faverani was easily the Celtics best player. He grabbed 18 rebounds and finished with 12 points on only six shots. He also had six blocked shots and was stout on the defensive end.
Needless to say, this team has a long way to go before it’s good again. But there were some very encouraging signs out of select players. Hopefully, the Celtics can seal the deal next time they play.