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Meltdown: Sixers 92, Celtics 83

 
Boston Celtics 83 Final

Recap | Box Score

92 Philadelphia 76ers
Paul Pierce, SF 42 MIN | 8-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 24 PTS | -3The good news is the outside shot returned for The Truth, and he got fouled on the layup he missed with 2:15 remaining and the game tied, but was killed on the glass in the fourth quarter by Thaddeus and Lavoy up front. That’s not totally on Paul who played 42 minutes on a bad wheel with an undersized lineup, but collectively this team needs to do better on the glass if Philly isn’t going to counter small as well.
Brandon Bass, PF 22 MIN | 6-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +4One night where he looked solid offensively, he still was stuck with minutes in the low 20’s and saw no action in the fourth quarter as Doc rode things out with KG and the small lineup. If there was ever a night to question Doc on that philosophy as Philly repeatedly killed the Sixers on the glass, this loss might be it.
Kevin Garnett, PF 40 MIN | 3-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -2Defensively, he was as tremendous as always, but he was due for a stinker offensively and we got one tonight. The poor shooting you can live with, but the seven turnovers hurt. Still for the blame pie in this one, he’s at the bottom of the list.
Rajon Rondo, PG 41 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 15 AST | 15 PTS | -6An admirable double-double, and a couple big shots to keep the C’s close late, but not one of his better efforts overall. Some really careless passes throughout the night contributed to Boston’s playoff-high 18 turnovers and a little too much hero ball at the end there would have been nice as he was unable to match Philly down the stretch shot for shot. Not enough discipline out of the guy all game after Boston’s hot start.
Avery Bradley, SG 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +12The defense was there, but he’s still struggling with his outside shot, which hurts for an offense that is bottom of the barrel to begin with. Played through his shoulder popping out again, so the guy is still showing his toughness, but Philly really benefited from his foul trouble in the third quarter, getting themselves back into the game over that stretch.
Ray Allen, SG 31 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -24A tough night for Ray with a game-high -24, and another non-factor night for him offensively. He can’t get any separation still on that bad ankle, and while he is helping out with the rebounding, the defense against Iguodala is not up to par, which is the matchup the C’s were forced to go too with the Sixers staying big while Boston remained small.
Keyon Dooling, PG 9 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -8Four missed shots and three fouls in nine minutes. Full court pressure might not be a good idea on Lou Williams either. Blah.
Ryan Hollins, C 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -13He made a move in the post and took a fadeaway shot tonight. Let’s hope that never happens again.
Mickael Pietrus, SF 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -3After a nice 3 in the first half, he was back to good old Mickael, missing his next three attempts.

One Thing We Saw

  1. C’s have not made it easy on themselves all season so why start now? That was their biggest blown lead since 2009 and you know what? They absolutely deserved to lose this game too. 17 turnovers, 17 offensive rebounds allowed, 27 fast break points by Philly resulted in a blown 17-point halftime lead. The Celts’ had them on the ropes and as Doc Rivers put it during the postgame, they lost their composure. After scoring 18 points in the first 6 minutes, they scored 65 over the final 42 minutes. That’s putrid offense and wasn’t enough to get the job done. And instead of heading home feeling good about themselves, we now have a series on our hands.
  • Anthony

    we got job ft phi 39 bos 18

    • Anthony

      Can you use a different name so people don't confuse your comments with mine?

      The correct FT disparity is Phi 36 Bos 19

      • Anthony

        don"t nobody care

        • ElRoz

          that's the Phily grammar and culture – gutter and sewer.

  • someguyinsac

    We'll take the best of three series now, whether it's the hard way or easy way.

  • High Rollers

    Always learning.

  • Anthony

    we lost by 9 and they had 25 points of ft that a rob job by the refs

    • Anthony

      Can you please use a different name so people don't confuse your comments with mine?

  • Anthony

    with out the ft it is a blow out

  • Beth

    You really hate Rondo, don't you? He's the ONLY offensive guy that was trying to help! And he made almost all of the shots he took towards the end of the game. To me, the only guy that deserves an A today is Rondo.

    P.S: you're being way too nice to Ray. Please tell me how he contributed tonight?

    • ElRoz

      Ray Allen was a non-factor…but the other choice is Pietrus and Dooling. That's what Doc has to go with. Doc had hope that Ray would contribute and that would make up for his butter soft, weak-link defense. I think if Doc knew that Ray would not contribute much, he would have used Pietrus and his defense.

      Boston simply DID NOT deserve to win tonight, and unless they make a serious – CONSISTENT – effort, thise game will show that they didn't deserve to win the series. A veteran team simply should not lose 3rd qt 18 point leads when on the verge of going up 3-1 against the 8th seed.

      The only good news is that the Celticis have shown for two games in a row that they can go up big. I want them to do this each of the next two games.

  • High Rollers

    If it is any indicator, Rondo just gave a very good post-game presser. Wasn't cocky or curt. Answered q's at length pretty much. Took responsibility for the flow (or lack thereof) in the game. We lost this one in pretty miserable fashion, and silver linings are hard to find tonight. But… I like RR's attitude. And he's still scoring sartorial points right and left. Nobody ever promised the ECF or F. Just gotta come and out and play the best 48 you can, and go from there. Guys probably don't want to have to wait 'til Monday, but a few extra hours to reconfigure these rotations and rhythms couldn't hurt.

  • Anthony

    no one care about no ones name on here man

  • someguyinsac

    Yo, to our two Anthony's! Why don't both of you add the initials of your last name and be done with it?

    Just a thought.

  • Anthony.B

    I do it to be the better man

  • Anthony.B

    who cares

  • the truth

    hahahahahahahahaha . . . bunch of hackers

  • Anthony.B

    who cares

    • ElRoz

      I guess one of the Anthony's has no brain or personality.

      • Anthony

        Yea, didn't want the regulars to confuse that.

        As a true Celts fan, I always like to see what other Celts fans' opinions are. As Davenport, Robb, and the other writers have said, the Celts just don't like to make things easy for themselves. And tonight wasn't the exception.

        But at least the 1st half shows just how well the Celts can play when they're locked in.

        • Zee

          "But at least the 1st half shows just how well the Celts can play when they're locked in."

          That's good and all, but they also showed us they can blow a lead and not play like they need to when it matter's most. The 4th quarter is where teams show what they're made of. Anyone can put on a good show in the beginning of a game. Philly did that in game 3 in the 1st quarter. So, unless you can seal the deal, it means nothing.

  • ozcelts

    Thumbs up all around to the 2 x Anthony B's- needed a laugh after that effort by the C's

    Think I like Anthony B the best although Anthony B is growing on me..

  • Phil

    Ugh…

  • ElRoz

    The only good news is that the Celticis have shown for two games in a row that they can go up big. I want them to do this each of the next two games.

  • High Rollers

    KG's too smart. He was way overthinking things tonight. Keep it simple, 5! Normally that imperative is reserved for Swag, but Ticket earned it tonight. I don't think it was fatigue. Fouls were definitely an issue. But basically the C's were trying to paint the Sistine Chapel and ended up with a sloppy paint-by-number. Philly's d is real, and their o is guaranteed to be there and large for a long run of every game. But if the C's just do their thing–and keep it simple–things will go their way. Another chance to show that lesson learned Monday.

  • Kafel

    What a bad lose… Celtics could be 3-1 and end this on monday. Damn, what is the worst Sixers gained big momentum and confidence by that come back and in my opinion game 5 will be very, very tough to win.
    Good thing there is 2 days off and I hope that KG will bounce back.
    I didn't watch game 4 but there is one stat that says everything – 17 turnovers. You can't win with running team like that.. Oh and Sixers has some players on bench and Celtics bench seems to be on holiday already…

  • -jp

    This was a horrible loss. The Celtics were lazy with their passes and didn’t close out fast enough on the 76ers shooters. Ray was god awful tonight, no defense, couldn’t shoot either. Thought they needed to go to Pierce more down the stretch.

    • local hero

      jp, not that this would have made any diffrenece, why are they going with Hollins over Stiemsma? I just dont get it when you look at wins where they play Greg????

      • The Cardinal

        Have you been watching the same series I have? Steimsma has been terrible! He's been lead-footed on defense, which kills us when paired with Bass, and stone handed like Perk on offense by bobbling every pass under the basket out of bounds. At least Hollins is mobile enough in our help defense to show and get back to his man, and his size has made Philly short arm a few layups.

        When you are a role player, it's pretty certain "what have you done for me lately?" rules the day during the playoffs, and Steimsma just ain't gettin' it done. And before someone points out the obvious Hollins' deficiencies, gettin' it done better than Steimsma is what counts at the moment.

  • felix

    the most frustrating loss this season. by far.

    • Zee

      ditto

  • http://mybhx.com/ drills for dribbling

    Don't worry Celtics fan, this is just only the beginning.

  • Anthony.B

    beginning of the end for the sixers

  • tbunny

    This wasn't nearly as annoying as game 2 to me. Which still means it was pretty annoying. It was more like, oh, I guess winning this game isn't a priority. I guess we're not going to do what it takes.

    • High Rollers

      Have to agree with you on that first point. The main frustrating thing to me about last night was the multiple possessions down the stretch where our core guys were forcing passes inside that Philly easily ripped. Perhaps it's the curse of having been so successful at threading the needle at other junctures. These guys know each other and where they're going to be at any given moment on the floor just so well, as the first quarter demonstrated. The one thing they haven't internalized is where Philly's at. You can forget Philly ever existed for all I care, but ONLY when you've taken care of business and eliminated them. Until then, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Start to anticipate their moves as thoroughly as you do your own. The Red Sea only parts for Moses, so don't expect miraculous lane openings. You had a better chance of a camel passing through the eye of a needle than some of those passes had a chance of finding Celtic hands last night. I'm going all biblical here because last night was wretched, and the wretched of the earth need some holy redemption. In lieu of that, maybe we could get a player visit from Russell this weekend at Health Point?

      • tbunny

        I still think they are going to win the series. But I would like to have seen them end it more swiftly, show more playoff momentum.

  • High Rollers

    P.S. Happy Birthday, 5! Keep on keepin' on, Big Ticket. And thank you for lifting up the C's and living the grind like nobody else.

  • High

    Last thing, then I'll roll on out of here for a bit:

    Even when Chris Forsberg is chastising the C's, he still kinda pumps up my hope for them. How does he do it? He probably doesn't even mean to. Oh well, but this article is on the money for the most part:
    http://espn.go.com/boston/nba/story/_/id/7948581/

    Thought of the day: I just don't think the Celtics have accounted for an opponent since June of 2010. I think that's the mental hurdle keeping this core and its flexin' posse from taking the easy path. And that's going to take as long as it's going to take, but hopefully it happens before the end of the playoffs. At some point in the grieving process you have to find acceptance. KG, Paul, Ray, Rondo and Doc all need to accept the sourest loss of their Celtic careers and finally face what's in front of them all this time later, not with blind, unsatiated grit but with… yes, I'm going to say it… clear eyes, full hearts. Maybe it won't be one moment, but a series of moments that bring the C's all the way back. That's why I'll keep watching. We're all watching, enjoying the grit. But we should also demand the clarity. A la Forsberg.

    Okay, that's all.

    • High Rollers

      Rollers

  • local hero

    Not that this would have made any diffrenece, why are they going with Hollins over Stiemsma? I just dont get it when you look at wins where they play Greg???? Anyone have a clue??

  • jr9901

    What neither the players or coaches can say is the truth, which is that Bill Kennedy stole this game from them.

    Yes, the Cs screwed up in the 4th, but that was after 3 quarter (starting from mid-1st) of ridiculously OBVIOUS bias by Kennedy, who was doing his best to keep the game close. I know the team can't talk about it, because part of the scam are the fines they get if they do. What's interesting is how the MEDIA participate in the scam — INCLUDING ALL THE BLOGS — by not mentioning it either.

    Everybody's making their living the same way… off the NBA. So it's logical. But it's not acceptable. It stinks to high heaven. The only ones telling the TRUTH are some of the fans, who have eyes and believe them.

    The refs stole this game, and it was BLATANT. It stopped in the 4th, but by then the Cs were beaten down and gave up.

  • Tos

    Refs were bad but that’s no excuse for this loss. Go back and ignore the refs, watch how poorly the C’s operated offensively. KG 7 turnovers… The refs didn’t steal the ball away 7 times.

    I get that the refs are typically bad and this game wasn’t proof of that not bring true but to say that’s why they lost is just being too much of a homer for my liking.

    • jr9901

      Several of those "turnovers" were just more of Bill Kennedy's bad calls. So yes, the refs DO steal the ball away, when they call phantom offensive fouls. I have reviewed the game closely, and found that Kennedy started his effort to keep the game close just prior to the middle of the first quarter, with repeated bogus calls. It was obvious and blatant. Philly would have scored under 10 points in Q1 without Kennedy's help. It's all there on the video.

      The Cs did give up in the 4th, and I ascribe that to the refs' relentless theft of the game to that point. I think that's understandable, though it can certainly be argued that they should never give up, even if they know that the refs are stealing the game. Still, imo, it was understandable and excusable.

      This has happened before. Finals game 3 in 2010 was an almost exact copy, except then all the refs were involved, whereas in this game 4, it was only Kennedy. But he was relentless. And he is clearly corrupt.

      • Anthony.B

        Your right he was slowing the game down.Tthat was just like give them time outs.

        • Anthony.B

          That is the same ref that don't like Doc

  • Anthony.B

    There was a point in the game they showed Bill Kennedy he looked like he was scared. when he was next to KG like he know he was on some BS.

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