It’s not often you see your team lose to a squad that may very well be the worst in NBA history. This afternoon, the C’s obliged, not only losing but were utterly humiliated by the hapless Nets, only hours after their boss ripped the team’s starters in both Boston papers. There is a lot wrong with this team right now…..health, age, chemistry, offense and it all came to an ugly head this afternoon. The well deserved boos reigned down from the Garden faithful as their comeback stalled with a minute left.
I’m going to let this one simmer for a little bit before fuller analysis in the coming hours, but I will say this. I was able to confidently write this headline with 6 minutes left in the game. The train is completely off the tracks right now and to make matters worse, members of this team appear to be tuning out Doc as well.
Now here are a few thoughts from Zach Lowe on the devastation today, after the jump
The Celtics just allowed the Nets to score the equivalent 115.6 points per 100 possessions. The Nets average 98.4 points per 100 possessions, by far the worst mark in the league.
The Suns lead the league in that category at 114.0 points per 100 possessions, according to Basketball Reference.
In other words: The Celtics yielded a league-best offensive performance to the league’s worst offense. The Nets are due some credit. They worked hard, their screen/roll was effective and they made the shots (i.e. corner threes) the C’s made available to them on the screen/roll.
They also earned 41 free throw attempts, the 2nd-highest number Boston has allowed this season. (The Nets shot 43 foul shots against the C’s on Jan. 13). The C’s were a step behind all game, and they had to foul as a result in order to stop easy New Jersey FGAs.
Those foul shots helped New Jersey become just the sixth team this season to beat Boston in a game in which the C’s shoot 50 percent or better. (They were 42-84 tonight).
I have video clips ready to go, but I can’t stomach them now.
That is all.
Well said Zach. More analysis later today if either of us can take it. For now I will leave you with a quote from commenter “I love Green” right after the C’s went down:
I wouldn’t blame you guys if you shut down this website.