Hardwood Houdini fans, that was ugly.
The Boston Celtics had not played a game since Saturday, and have not had to travel since their return home following last Monday’s game in Utah. We should have seen a well-rested, focused squad of players who were ready to jump all over a Golden State team that had just endured a bruising game against the Indiana Pacers last night.
Kelly Olynyk sure seemed to get that memo, as he led all players in scoring tonight with 19 points on 6-12 shooting off of the bench. Other than KO, though, the Celtics appeared to be a team that would rather be attending a birthday party than playing basketball tonight, as they got whacked at home, 108-88, by the Warriors.
You know it was a stinker when even the official Boston Celtics website, whose only reason to exist is to promote the team, calls it a “disappointing game.” Golden State opened the game with a 12-2 run, and it should be noted that when the third quarter had ended, Boston had the same number of turnovers as it did made field goals – 17. Is it a coincidence that the Celtics were down by 30 at that point? Ha ha ha!
Warriors head coach Mark Jackson put it best in his post game interview:
I thought we did a great job against a team that, in all honesty, we are better than. It was a type of game where you can overlook them, they compete, they are well coached but fortunately we came in here and took care of business
Jackson got it mostly right: the Warriors are a better team, and the Celtics are well-coached. I didn’t see much of the “they compete” part on display last night, however, which is disconcerting. I can’t imagine it’s fun being on a team that is playing for a lottery pick, but guys: you gotta at least try. You’re the Boston Celtics! Step it up.
The Celtics look to regroup in time for Friday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, so we’ll see if there’s a little more Celtic pride on display then!