|Kevin Garnett, PF 29 MIN | 6-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +8|
|Paul Pierce, SF 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-5 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -20|
|Brandon Bass, PF 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -14|
|Ray Allen, SG 32 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -17|
|Rajon Rondo, PG 41 MIN | 2-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 5 PTS | -16|
|Chris Wilcox, PF 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -16|
|Marquis Daniels, SG 9 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +10|
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 27 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +4|
|JaJuan Johnson, F 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -6|
|Avery Bradley, SG 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +7|
This was absolutely Doc’s worst coaching job of the season. The second game of a back to back and the starters play long minutes with Chicago looming on Sunday. Add that to the two DNPs and the failure to motivate his players and I wouldn’t be surprised if he brought his whiteboard tonight. Obviously it’s not all Doc’s fault. He can only do so much and the players have to do what he tells them. All I know it that if the Celtics don’t get destroyed by Chicago, it only further validates how much they didn’t show up tonight.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear some news in the next couple hours about injuries or sickness or something that prevented the Celtics from playing the type of basketball they should be capable of playing. The listless demeanor was so uncharacteristic I started to get delusional with my rationalizations. I literally considered that a terrorist plot was afoot and some nefarious characters were releasing some chemical weapon into the arena that made the Celtics so sluggish. Like carbon monoxide poisoning that was only activated by people wearing green. The lack of effort was that ridiculous.
What bothers me the most is the fact that the Celtics weren’t the only ones that were on a back to back. I was at the Garden last night, writing the recap at CelticsHub, writing for the Daily Dime, Tweeting and I’m on recap and highlights tonight. Add working full days at my day job on today and Thursday along with walking, taking the T, and taking the commuter rail to and from the Garden and it just really put me in a foul mood. Why bother? I could have gone out tonight. I could have went to bed early. It’s not covering a loss or a bad team that frustrates me. There’s plenty of merit in blogging about teams that need work. It’s covering a team that had every opportunity to ramp up the effort and beat a bad team and just didn’t. Instead they got frustrated, argued with the refs, got into shoving matches with Raptors’ players, and did all this because they just absolutely sucked.
I really cannot wait to hear the post game comments about this one. If this comes close to gaining any consistency than Danny Ainge needs to blow it up. If he needs anyone to light the fuse I’ll make room in my schedule.