It took until halftime of arguably Boston’s worst game since the 2007 season for Brad Stevens to express any negative emotion. He finally did so in an interview with CSNNE’s Abby Chin, after she asked him if he was surprised by the slow start.
“I was surprised because I thought we were going to play better than that…I’ve had bad halves, and this ranks up there with most of them.”
The only thing that better sums up Boston’s 109-85 loss to Houston than that quote is the fact that we should clarify: He was referring to the first half. The second half was little better, at least while Houston’s good players were in. Dwight Howard blocked two shots early in the game, and the Celtics were tentative taking the ball to the hoop all night. Offensively, James Harden and Howard both played well but it was Terrence Jones who destroyed Boston with 10-for-12 shooting and 24 points — a fact which, again, sort of sums up tonight’s game.
Also a good summation: This picture of Rondo reacting to being handed a stat sheet after the first quarter.
We feel you, Rondo. Good lord, we feel you.
|Brandon Bass, PF 20 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -20Brandon Bass did some things before he was pulled for Jared Sullinger to do some things very slightly better.|
|Vitor Faverani, C 14 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -19Even when he’s playing badly, Faverani seems to be playing hard. Not playing well, naturally, but playing hard.|
|Avery Bradley, PG 27 MIN | 5-22 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -36Bradley doesn’t get a failing grade because 1) He was taking shots that SOMEBODY had to take and 2) He did get a couple of nice strips, including one of James Harden. That shooting line though…|
|Jeff Green, SG 22 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -31A stat which will get too much attention: Jeff Green went seven consecutive quarters without scoring. Actually, no, I take that back…that stat deserves all of the attention it will get. Other people did more damage tonight, but the degree to which Boston needs Green as opposed to the production he is bringing is enough for the failing grade.|
|Jordan Crawford, SG 23 MIN | 1-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -32RIP to Jordan Crawford’s (TOTALLY SUSTAINABLE) 27 PER season.|
|Jared Sullinger, PF 22 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -6Sullinger gets the best grade of the night for doing a decent job against Howard defensively (or at very least for working hard in the post) as well as for coming away with nine rebounds. Sully also connected on a 3-pointer, which raises him to 3-for-8 in the last three games. That’s not incredible, but it’s better than his 2-for-10 start to the season.|
|Kris Humphries, PF 14 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +3Six points and six rebounds in 14 minutes is actually pretty impressive. Unfortunately, it was against Houston’s B team. Still, good for Hump for being better than the B team.|
|Gerald Wallace, SF 11 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -13Like all of you, I’m cringing as I write this recap waiting for Wallace’s tirade after this one.|
|Kelly Olynyk, C 22 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -1Olynyk hit a 3-pointer (good!), but it was late in the fourth quarter with Boston down by a ton (oh) and at one point he also got blocked on a lay-up by the bottom of the rim (ugh).|
|Courtney Lee, SG 23 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +4Lee finished with 17 points on 16 shots and was the closest semblance to efficiency on the team.|
|Keith Bogans, SG 12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +12Thank you for your contributions, Keith, and thank you for the team option on your contract.|
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