This game was almost kind of reflective of the entire season for the C’s. In the first half, the defense wasn’t working when the offense one. C’s then step up the defensive intensity at the half and can’t get a shot to fall in the second half (26 percent shooting). This team can’t seem to run on all cylinders at any point and the result is losses like this against inept teams.
The Paul Pierce slump watch is now on high-alert. One of his worst nights of the season going 3-for-15, with his jumpshot looking extremely flat at times. He’s shooting 32 percent in his past five games, 17 percent from deep. I don’t mind the slumps (they will happen). I do mind him having to take 15 shots when he’s in one, essentially stalling the offense.
Kyrie Irving just kills the Celtics. He hit a game-winner for them in Boston last year, and did the almost same thing tonight to help put the game away in the near charge on Jared Sullinger. Not quite sure why Rondo was on him more than Avery Bradley (assuming it has something to do with Avery’s injury). Still, once the Cavs get some reinforcements around him, this will be a fun team.
Six points in the paint in the second half for the Celtics. 10 turnovers in the second half for the Celtics. When you can’t score around the basket against the likes of Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson, you have issues.
The next three-game stretch vs. NY, @ ATL, vs. Miami should be incredibly telling. Bright lights will be on all three games around the country.