The Celtics opened the 2013-2014 season with a mighty roar…which gradually petered out to a soft murmur. After holding a lead for much of the game, Milwaukee decided to (wait for it) buck the trend of offensive ineptitude and start actually running sets. The current iteration of the Celtics is just not going to dominate a team with such proven NBA players like Caron Butler, OJ Mayo, Gary Neal, and Larry Sanders. In the end, it was just too much Nate Wolters (?!) and Kris Middleton (?!).
For some reason, the Bucks starters played like they never got off the plane while their bench played out of their freaking gourds (Halloween joke, yes!). It’s pretty clear that Wolters, John Henson, Zaza Pachulia, and Middleton were the only ones paying attention when they went over pick-and-roll and high-low passes. On the other bench, I think I know a rough agenda for the C’s next practice.
I know the C’s fans in the building wanted the first win of the season but watching two teams each try to win the game without a go-to scorer on the floor was well worth the loss. After an epic back and forth that saw loose ball foul free throws, layups get blocked at the rim, and Caron Butler and Gerald Wallace taking turns missing threes, Wolters finally ended up with a steal and a foul draw.
We’ll have more analysis later but for now, here’s something I tweeted in the third quarter when the Celtics were up big. I don’t like to toot my own horn but ………..
Am I (BJacks) the only one who thinks the Bucks are going to win this game?
— CelticsHub (@CelticsHub) November 2, 2013