The Celtics pulled this April Fool’s Day clunker a day late. Facing the (now) playoff-bound Wizards, the Celtics made the Wizards look like the two-time champs as they themselves looked as if they were a 50+ loss team in April… oh wait.
None of the Celtics starters played particularly well, as Rondo had the best stat line (13 pts, 7 rebs, 6 asts) but also had a team worst -26 +/- rating. The best Boston performances undoubtedly came from the bench big men, Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger. The future frontcourt combined for 39 points and 8 rebounds while Olynyk had a mind-blowing +8 rating… crazy stuff folks. The team shot below 40% as a unit and somehow managed to miss 21 of their 24 three point attempts, that’s just impressive.
The saddest part about tonight’s game was just the effort. We understand that there’s just nine games left, but at least they fake tried in other games. Tonight was just a pure mail-in effort by nearly everyone. Don’t some of them know they have jobs at stake?! Marcin Gortat made my write-up about big men free agent targets look really accurate by going out and throwing down a 22 pt, 8 reb performance on just thirteen shot attempts. Every Washington starter scored double digits and the team as a whole had a historical shooting night; their 62.5% was the best Wizards fans have seen in thirteen years. For the second week in a row, the Celtics gave a team their playoff-clinching win…. aren’t we just so kind?
At this point, I’m way past the point of sadness over losses. Tonight’s game was beyond sad, just depressing. Turning on Celtics games is just a gloomy experience when this little effort is given. I’m most disappointed in the leaders of the team, Jeff Green, Rajon Rondo, and coach Brad Stevens. Mustering up effort on a Wednesday night in April is never easy for losing teams, but such a young team needs leadership and motivation. Those three leaders failed their jobs tonight by the way the team moved and interacted on the court. Just nine games to go.