Celtics lose 96-88 to the Clippers

Dec 11, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) battle for the tip-off during the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Boston dropped its 2nd game in row tonight with an eight point loss against their former coach, Doc Rivers. Emotions were running high as Rivers stepped into the Garden for the first time since last season and you could visibly see Rivers fight back tears as he received a standing ovation three times while he entered the court, was introduced during pregame intros and while watching his tribute video. Here’s the video if you missed it, it was very well done by the Celtics:

Ok now to the game, here are some observations:

  • I don’t wanna sound like I’m repeating myself but as I’ve said many times during the season, Brandon Bass deserves some major credit for the Celtics “success” — I guess you could call a below .500 record in the east, success. He was extremely active tonight and finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. His post defense this season has been excellent all year and he defended Blake Griffin quite well.
  • Look, I usually trust Brad Stevens and his rotation decisions but decding to play Marshon Brooks was very puzzling. It was probably Brooks or Wallace which really isn’t that cut and dry but at least Wallace gives you some defense along with his terrible offense. Brooks just looked like a confused Jordan Crawford out there, which is probably a factor of him not playing at all this year but that makes it even more strange why Stevens decided to play him in crucial minutes down the stretch.
  • The battle of the Crawfords was definitely entertaining in the closing minutes. Jordan may have had the better line but Jamal’s two backbreaking threes to seal the game gave him the edge in STEEZ.
  • The Celtics bench continues to struggle this season as they finished with just 4 points. FOUR. POINTS. I don’t even know how to remedy this problem. Obviously Humphries and Olynyk coming back will help but still this offense is miserable when the bench comes on the floor especially when Sullinger takes a rest. With Sullinger on the bench the offense drops to 93 points per 100 possession from 105 points per 100 when he’s on the court. It’s really puzzling how much this team can’t function without him on the court.

The Celtics take on the Knicks on Friday at 7:30. Follow me on Twitter @TreyAdell!

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