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Out of Gas: Thunder 91, Celtics 79

Some terrific defense for majority of the four quarters, but an offensive no-show from the bench and cold shooting in the fourth quarter did the C’s in after a valiant effort. Full recap and grades from Ryan on the way…

  • Mark

    We beat them earlier in the season with Rondo matching Westbrooks effort. Bradley was nice on defense but he’s limited everywhere else most of the time.

    All the talk of us being better without Rondo because our offense is reverting back to pre Rondo injury levels which tells me our success has to do with Pierce stepping up more than Rondo being eliminated.

    When the starting backcourt boxscore combined matches what Rondo does by himself the offense is in trouble.

  • cjkasino

    Come on ONE bad game against a team that scores 110 per night and were held to only 91…I mean the early TO did us in and the bench lack of play…u are comparing a november game to one in march? That’s dumb ….two totally different teams since then…ab did a good job on on russ…great team defense just bad O on the c’s and no show from the bench…it happens…now they go back and get two W’s against the bobcats and raptors…lets go C’s quiet the haters

  • cjkasino

    Oh and my post was aimed at the commenter above me MARK. No one is reverting smh

  • The Cardinal

    I saw this as just a not-too-unexpected road loss to one of the 3 current best teams in the league – no biggie. What's interesting is had the team connected on 3 or 4 more shots during that awful 4th quarter scoring drought, the dynamics of that quarter would have changed and we would have had a down-to-wire finish. Take away 4 or 5 turnovers and who knows? Maybe an upset in OKC.

    I thought that the single-minded determination to force the ball into KG, Pierce and Green when they appeared to have match up advantages was a real killer and a lesson learned (hopefully). The OKC defense would often adjust because offensively, we were a split second slow in recognizing the advantage but we would try to force a bad pass anyway. We've got to have better overall court recognition and be willing to swing the ball when the first option is no longer there, and the whole team – but especially Jet and Lee – really needs to work on this.