Sometimes blowout wins are closer than they look.
This was not one of those games.
The Celtics eviscerated a lifeless Bucks team to snap what had become a surprisingly distressing two-game losing streak. The starters (mostly) played well and for short minutes. The bench got plenty of run.
But I’m not going to talk about the Celtics’ scoring stats or Nenad Krstic’s mighty rebounding prowess until the full recap later tonight.
Instead, let’s focus on the other end of the floor. Where most of the nastiness occurred. And where the Celtics set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in the shot clock-era.
The Bucks shot only 22-70 (31.4%). They were outrebounded 50-32 including surrendering 10 offensive rebounds. They turned the ball over 17 times. One time Celtics-killer John Salmons played 21 minutes and managed 0 (zero) points. Fringe NBA forward Earl Barron led them in scoring — with 10 points (how is this even possible?).
In fact, just about the only thing that didn’t go right for Celtics fans tonight is that they weren’t able to listen into the halftime and postgame locker room sessions between Scott Skiles and his hapless charges.
So, y’all will just have to be satisfied with the victory and the return to sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.
More fun later tonight…