The Celtics turned in another scrappy doo of an effort, particularly on the defensive end, where they were overmatched inside by Detroit’s gargantuan frontline of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith. If not for some erratic backcourt performances and a classic Jeff Green no-show, the Celtics might have been able to pull this one out.
Despite the loss, there was quite a bit of upside: Kelly Olynyk still has the rookie yips but he’s making progress every outing. We’ll take 15 and 8 from a rookie big in his third game without complaint. Jordan Crawford and Brandon Bass also had their moments, which we’ll get into later tonight in the grades.
Until then, the C’s are 0-3, but showing signs of life in every game. Is anyone else encouraged?