It happened again. The Celtics lost a game in which they shot over 60% in the first quarter. Crazy, eh? They got off to a tremendously unsustainable hot start and then they stopped doing everything that made them so successful in that 1st quarter. 2nd game in a row where they’ve done this; in the Detroit game they shot 70% in the first quarter and then proceeded to cough the ball up every chance they got. This one was more of just extremely unsustainable shooting from mid-range.
Boston fell in love with the long two — and they hit it at a great rate, thanks to Avery — and they were never able to get a rhythm from deep or inside the paint. As most people associated with the league and those who closely follow it would say, it’s hard to win games when you only shoot 4/20 from 3.
Defensively, Boston actually did a nice job for most of the game. Brad Stevens and the staff’s system of going under on the pick-and-rolls led to Wall and Beal settling for a lot of long twos for most of the game. Though once Wall started to get to the rim and finding open players, Washington’s offense started to open up.
Jordan Crawford’s revenge game against his former team was pretty mediocre. He had 6 assists and 1 TO in the first half but was very non-existent in the second half only tallying 2 assists and 4 TOs. His one highlight came from his 1st quarter 28 ft pull up 3, which actually drew some emotion from the always stoic Brad Stevens — he wasn’t very happy.
Avery got on his own hot streak in the 4th and ended with 26 points. It sparked a discussion about what Avery is truly worth once his contract runs up at the end of the season — which is something that I will delve into later in the week. Sullinger also had a noteworthy game with 22 pt/11 reb double-double performance, something that we’re becoming accustomed to as Celtics fans.
The Celtics drop to 12-16 on the season but still holds on to a part of the Atlantic Division lead — I’m laughing so hard right now as I type this unbelievable sentence, TWELVE AND SIXTEEN DIVISION LEADERS! — hanging on by a thread as they are tied with the Toronto Raptors.
Boston heads off to Indiana tomorrow night to face the conference leading Pacers at 6 P.M. Follow me on Twitter @TreyAdell