|Celtics blown out by Rockets en route to fourth straight loss||11.19.13 at 10:28 pm ET|
The Celtics have been slapped with a big ol’ dose of NBA reality.
Brad Stevens‘ team was blown out for a second straight road game, this time dropping a 109-85 decision to the Rockets in Houston. It was the Celtics’ fourth straight loss after having won four in a row.
The C’s continued to struggle offensively, having now scored under 90 points in six of their eight losses. This time the Celts’ woes came against a Houston team that came into the game having allowed the second-most points per game of any NBA team.
Not helping matters was the Celtics’ porous defense, with the Rockets shooting 57 percent. Houston managed the rout despite Dwight Howard totaling just 10 points. The hosts’ primary weapon was Terrence Jones, who scored a career-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field in just 27 minutes.
The game was never close, with the Rockets holding a 40-18 lead after the first quarter (going 16-of-20 from the field), and 68-44 advantage at halftime.
|Celtics come up small against Timberwolves’ bigs in blowout loss||11.16.13 at 10:19 pm ET|
While the Celtics remained competitive through the first half, trailing by just five through two quarters, they were blown out on the road by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter en route to a 106-88 defeat. A competitive game became a blowout during a third quarter in which Minnesota outscored the visitors, 34-20.
The Celtics could do little to stop the T-Wolves’ bigs, as center Nikola Pekovic (20 points on 8-of-9 shooting) and Kevin Love (23 points) faced little opposition. Minnesota outscored the Celtics in the paint, 52-28.
Avery Bradley led the Celtics with a season-high 27 points (one short of his career high) on 12-of-23 shooting, but Jeff Green proved invisible (two points) while the Celtics turned over the ball 21 times.
The Celtics dropped to 4-7, having lost three in a row.
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|Jeff Green hands Celtics improbable win over Heat||11.09.13 at 10:15 pm ET|
Exceeding expectations are one thing, but this was ridiculous.
Down by two points with :00.6 left, Jeff Green gathered in an inbound pass from Gerald Wallace and proceeded to sink a three-pointer from the corner as the buzzer sounded. The result was a 111-110 victory for the Celtics over the world champion Heat in Miami
“Gerald made a great pass. Kelly [Olynyk] made a great screen. It went in,” Green told Comcast immediately after the win.
It looked as all things were lost in the final few moments.
Avery Bradley cut the Heat lead to two with :38.4 left after knocking down a jumper. Then, after a Chris Bosh miss, the C’s got their opportunity to tie or go ahead, regaining possession with 19 seconds remaining. But Kelly Olynyk’s jumper with seven seconds to go went in and out.
Wallace converted a lay-up with just more than a second left, allowing the Celtics’ to foul Dwyane Wade. The Heat guard went on to miss both free throws, committing a violation on the second shot (not hitting the rim), setting the scene for the C’s dramatics.
It was the Celtics’ third win in a row.
Green finished with 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the floor, while Bradley chipped in with 17.
LeBron James scored 20 or more points for the 32nd straight game against the Celtics, finishing with 25. As a team, the Heat shot 57 percent from the floor.
The 35 second-quarter points by the C’s were the most scored by Brad Stevens‘ team in a quarter this season. It also marked the fifth straight time both teams have put up at least 100 points when facing off in Miami.
|Celtics hang on against Magic for first road win||11.08.13 at 9:38 pm ET|
The Celtics claimed their ninth straight win over the Magic, this time beating Orlando, 91-89, Friday night.
Leading the way against the Magic — who had won three in a row — was another strong performance from Brandon Bass, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
The Magic closed the gap to two points with 1:38 left in the game after a four-point play from Aaron Afflalo. Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk came back to knock down a jumper with 1:13 left to make it a two-possession game heading into the final minute.
Afflalo, however, struck again converting a three-point play with 26 seconds left, cutting the Celtics’ lead to one. Bass built the Celtics’ lead back up to three by knocking down two free throws with :10.5 remaining.
Afflalo struck one more time, converting a jumper just on the three-point line with :04.6 on the clock, bringing Orlando within a point.
The C’s, who came with the third-most turnovers in the NBA, limited their miscues to 11, while Orlando turned the ball over 20 times.
|Rajon Rondo seen on a basketball court near you||11.07.13 at 3:33 pm ET|
Injured Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo made a huge impact on the Garden floor last night. He just did so prior to the game. Rondo and C’s co-owner Stephen Pagliuca surprised high school students Aylin Garcia Soto and Melvin Harrison with a couple $5,000 scholarships in coordination with Sun Life Financial, which also awarded a pair of $50,000 grants to Boston-based non-profit organizations Bottom Line and Brookview House.
|Following loss to Grizzlies, Celtics still winless after four games||11.05.13 at 12:04 am ET|
The Celtics have begun their season at 0-4 after dropping a 95-88 loss to the Grizzlies at Memphis Monday night. It is the first time the C’s have started a season without a win in their first four games since 1969.
The Celts were doomed by a mammoth fourth quarter by Jerryd Bayless, who netted 15 points in the final frame. Bayless went 6-of-7 from the field in the fourth to help erase the visitors’ six-point lead midway through the final quarter.
Not helping matters for Brad Stevens‘ team once again were a healthy amount of turnovers, notching 21 in the game. The Celtics lead the league with the most turnovers through the season’s first couple of weeks.
The Celtics had grabbed a four-point lead at halftime, in large part because of Jeff Green’s 16 points in the first two quarters. It was a half that saw the C’s shoot 54 percent from the floor.
But Memphis came out hot in the second half, going on a 12-4 run while Boston was going just 1-for-9 from the field. The Celts to rebound to grab a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Green led the Celtics with 22 points (going 9-for-12 from the field), while Jared Sullinger contributed with 16 points in just 20 minutes. Rookie Kelly Olynyk had a rough night, going 1-for-8 from the floor while committing four turnovers.
|Celtics fall to 0-3 after loss to Pistons||11.03.13 at 8:42 pm ET|
The Celtics have now dropped their first three games for the second time in the past three seasons, losing to the Pistons, 87-77, Sunday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Celts fought back from from a 10-point halftime deficit to cut the Pistons’ lead to five heading into the fourth quarter. Boston even took a brief two-point lead early in the fourth. But behind the frontcourt of Greg Monroe, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond (each scoring 15 points), the Pistons pulled away in the final quarter.
Not helping the Celtics’ cause was shooting 3-for-16 from beyond the 3-point arc, while being out-rebounded, 44-37.
A bright spot for the Celtics was rookie Kelly Olynyk, who netted 15 points while grabbing eight rebounds in 25 minutes. Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley was the only other two Celts to finish in double-figures, scoring 13 points apiece.
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