I think I know less about basketball after watching that game. I literally am in pain. These letters hurt to type. Everything the Celtics did in that second half made me cringe. I already shredded Boston in my first half recap, so I’ll focus mainly on the atrocity that was the second half of tonight’s “contest”.
I ended my first half recap with a bright prediction that it could only get better in the second half. But like I said in my pregame preview, these Celtics always find a way to prove me wrong.
The most difficult part of this recap is deciding what the ugliest part of the game was, watching Jared Sullinger trying to will his team’s energy by getting himself disqualified or watching Gerald Wallace shoot free throws? The game was so horrendously easy for the Nuggets that Denver coach Brian Shaw got bored and got himself thrown out as well. I didn’t keep track, but I’m legitimately certain that the Nuggets had more highlight alley-oops than the Celtics had successful offensive sets.
Vitor Faverani was the only Celtic to show any real basketball effort in the second half, as he did his best to show effort on the offensive boards en route to a ten point performance off the bench. Keith Bogans also had a season-high in points, but that’s really not saying much…
The Nuggets dominated this game in nearly every aspect, as every player saw action and every starter scored in double figures. Randy Foye scored 21 of his game high 23 points behind the arc and Kenneth Faried shredded the Boston frontcourt to the tune of 21 points and 13 rebounds. It seemed like all of Ty Lawson’s 13 assists were on highlight reel alley oops as the speedy guard took advantage of the Celtics defensive sleepwalking.
Nights like this let us know just how bad it could truly be this season. If Boston has decided to throw in the towel and gear the struggle bus towards Tank City then us fans need to buckle up and be prepared for many other nights like this. If we plan on contending this season, then coach Brad Stevens is going to need to deliver a SERIOUS wake up call to these guys. Games like tonight drive the fans away from the Garden and ruin any hope of optimism.