Unmotivated. Dysfunctional. Lackadaisical. Where are the Celtics? From the looks of tonight’s game, it looks our Celtics took a detour
from playoff aspirations to Tank Land. And boy oh boy, Tank Land is a sucky place. For anyone that has watched the first half of tonight’s game, just know that you’re not suffering alone. I, along with every other true Celtic diehard, will get through this season with dreams of greater things to come next year. But for tonight’s game, all I can say is yikes.
The Nuggets came out in the first half looking like world-beaters, sprinting out to a big 23 point second quarter lead on the back of a ruthless 14-4 run. One of the very few areas the Celtics have found success this year has been on their perimeter defense, allowing just 32.9% of opponent’s treys to fall, good enough for second best in the league. Tonight? The Nuggets have made 10 of their 18 long distance attempts!! That number can’t be completely attributed to the Nuggets offensive success, the Celtics didn’t have their heads screwed on right. Sow transitions and lazy rebounding allowed for swing passes and second chances.
The Celtics appear to have been mentally and physically snowed in at Logan Airport. Blame it on the altitude if you want, but seeing all five members of the Celtics clinging to their knees is a pathetic sight.
Please Note: My tirade does not apply to two specific players; Jeff Green and Brandon Bass. While Green went cold in the latter parts of the second half, his 11 first quarter points were crucial. The scoring spurt he displayed was a nice reminder to the kind of scorer he is. The effort from Brandon Bass has been admirable as well, pulling down a team-high four defensive rebounds while getting seven shots at the free throw line. His battle with Kenneth Faried has been the only watchable part of this contest.
Stay tuned as their will be a second half rant published later tonight. On the bright side, the second half can only get better! Check back here after the game and stay tuned to @HoudiniCeltics for my live tweets, which will surely be getting more and more Tommy Heinsohn-esque if the C’s don’t turn things around real soon.