The Boston Celtics got stormed over by the Houston Rockets, 109-85. Jeff Green continued to struggle after such a hot start to the season. Things fell apart for this Celtics team once they stopped trusting each other and sharing the ball.
The Houston Rockets were really the antithesis of the Celtics tonight, moving and sharing the ball and scoring almost at will. They dropped 40 points on the Celtics in the first quarter and it was never even close. The Celtics were just flat out overmatched and could do nothing about it.
Terrence Jones–I repeat, Terrence Jones–had 24 points and nine rebounds tonight against the Celtics. He was the leading scorer for the Rockets on a night where absolutely nothing could go wrong for them. He missed all but two shots–one bunny shot at the rim and one 19 footer in the third quarter. Jones only took two shots outside of the paint and four shots outside of the restricted area.
The same way that nothing could go wrong for Jones and the Rockets tonight, everything went wrong for the Celtics. They didn’t share the ball at all. In his post game press conference, Brad Stevens said “We let one end affect another. And good teams don’t do that”. I couldn’t have put it any better myself. The Celtics couldn’t score on offense and they just got trumped on defense.
We saw the same thing against the Timberwolves where the Celtics let things get out of hand. The Celtics have got to put four quarters together instead of just one. The Celtics finished the game well, but by then it was all but over. They got the better half of the Houston Rockets tonight and just couldn’t compete.
Avery Bradley took 22 shots tonight for the Celtics and only scored 11 points. That was the basic theme for the Celtics after a rough outing–inefficiency and difficult baskets. There weren’t too many easy looks for the C’s and that’s because of the effort that they put out on the defensive end.
Now the Celtics will take the dignity that they have left to San Antonio tomorrow night. It’ll be difficult, but I’m sure Brad Stevens will do his best to get the guys up. The Celtics are flat out embarrassed by this loss tonight and will need to recover. I don’t know if they win, but I’m certain that they’ll play better than they did tonight.