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November Is Finally Over: Bucks Beat Celtics 92-85


Tonight's silver lining! Photo credit: @EricBuenning

It’s been a long month of November. After beginning their season October 30, the Celtics have played 19 games in 30 days, and the effects are showing. After a solid first quarter in which Boston raced out to a 27-19 lead, the Celtics seemed to wear down, losing the second quarter 28-14 and never really recovering.

Individually, there were some nice signs of life, even in a dead overall effort, so let’s get to some post-game grades:

Boston Celtics 85 Final

Recap | Box Score

92 Milwaukee Bucks
Brandon Bass, PF 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5
Six points, seven rebounds, not much of note from Bass. The best part about a player like Bass is that on nights when he contributes a lot (and there are some!), he’s an incredibly pleasant surprise. Meanwhile, on nights when he’s quiet, he’s barely missed. Tonight was the latter.
Jared Sullinger, PF 33 MIN | 10-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 14 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | +9
Just 1-for-5 on 3-pointers (after making his first one, it should be noted, which often encourages shooters to keep shooting), which is really the only complaint one might lodge with Sully’s performance. 21 points and 14 rebounds is (excuse my audacity) a Kevin Love-esque line and doesn’t seem unsustainable, especially given his excellent work in the post.
Avery Bradley, PG 35 MIN | 4-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -1
Bradley has been shooting well from mid-range this season, which is why nine points on 15 shots is especially disappointing. He also fouled out for the third time this season (he fouled out of both of Boston’s first two games) after hacking in frustration late in the fourth. Not Bradley’s best game overall.
Jeff Green, SG 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +4
Hard to blame Green (or the rest of the starters) for much on a night when the bench finished with 13 points total. Green’s 18 points were right on the border of efficiency — 15 shots and 33 percent from 3-point range. He had just three rebounds, but Sully and Bass combined for 21, so they weren’t particularly necessary.
Jordan Crawford, SG 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -6
Points have to come from somewhere! He gets bumped up for dishing out five assists and turning the ball over just once.
Kris Humphries, PF 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -20
Undeniable effort, very little tangible production.
Gerald Wallace, SF 25 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -4
Bumped up for his rebounds and assists, but bumped down further for failing to attempt any kind of shot whatsoever — field goal, free throw or otherwise.
Vitor Faverani, C 15 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -16
At one point, Faverani threw up a hook shot with so little arc, I honestly thought it was going to graze the bottom of the rim. Related: Fav was Boston’s high-scorer off the bench! He also did not grab a rebound or block a shot. So. That’s a thing.
MarShon Brooks, SG 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5
MarShon Brooks scored 48 points per 48 minutes tonight, so he should pretty clearly be starting.
Keith Bogans, SG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -10
Thanks for hanging out, Keith.
Brad Stevens
He gets an A+ just because he seems like a good guy.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Milwaukee rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo showed some flashes tonight, scoring 10 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out four assists. Most impressive: An open court dunk that appeared to be straight out of Space Jam as his absurdly long arm stretched out and seemed to throw the ball through the rim without jumping. Second most impressive: A nice no-look pass, also in transition. He’s going to be a terror in transition, and he looks like he could become a longer, stretchier Nic Batum. Nicely done, Bucks.
  2. Milwaukee out-assisted Boston 28-17. Tired legs led to slower possessions, which led to fewer passes, which led to bad looks, which led to 41 percent shooting for the evening. It’s hard to get assists when nobody is making shots.

That will have to do it for tonight. Boston’s next game is Tuesday against the Bucks, once again. This time, with home-court advantage and three days rest, we may see a better performance.

Follow Tom on Twitter: @Tom_NBA.

  • check12check

    what really killed me was the HUGE number of bad decisions we made tonight. i saw so man 13 foot jumpers when there was a wide open man not two feet from the basket. this was a mess

    also, bradley looked just as bad on defense as he did on offense. when he plays like that, he has no place on an NBA team

  • hax


  • http://twitter.com/isaiahraps @isaiahraps

    how do you guys feel about this trade

    Giannis, Henson, Knight, Butler*, Udoh*, Ridnour*, Delfino


    Rondo, Green, Bass, Lee, '14 BKN pick & '15 LAC pick

    *expiring contracts

    • Los


    • hax

      Every asset we have for nothing but trash? And I got thumbed down for trading Bradley for a 1st rounder above…

      • http://twitter.com/isaiahraps @isaiahraps

        every asset? are you forgetting bradley, sullinger, olynyk, our 1st round picks & 2 more picks from brooklyn? we also get rid of two bad contracts (3 if you count green, which i do) and save $22.5M in cap.

        i'm glad you guys say this trade is horrible tho, i am a celtics fan & in every other trade forum i've posted this people say there is no way the bucks would let go of Giannis & Henson.

  • Jim

    Nice write up. Thanks for posting realistic grades and comments. Not the best game I have seen from the Celtics this year but maybe after a back to back not to be unexpected. Now the Nets beating Memphis last night was unexpected..

  • Jeff

    I have been a celtics fan all my life.It is a disgrace to see how badly this team is.When this team losses to one of the worst teams in the league not once,
    but twice it is time for the fans to stay away from attending games.Maybe that will send a message to Ainge.This celtics team is not worth seeing.They do not deserve to be in green.
    I hope they tank.
    I just had to get these comments out of my system.

    • Los

      If you think that you're just another bandwagon fan, but I wouldn't mind people thinking the same way. Cheaper tickets for me

  • YouSerious?

    Every team in the league loses to a terrible team or two or even three during their season. Miami has, and the Big Three Celtics used to as well. Its sad to see people get so encouraged when this young Celtics team wins, then they bash them when they lose (Trade everybody now!!! Blow it up! Tank!)

    • hax

      Basically I want us to get Wiggins while winning the championship this year, while trading Avery Bradley for LeBron James.

  • skeeds

    Way to represent greek ball Giannis! The kid has more upside than anyone. He played 2nd division basketball back in Greece, he's barely 19, no international pro experience whatsoever, and yet he already looks comfortable. Yeah, if he stays healthy, by the time his rookie contract expires, with 4 years of development and at age 22, this kid will be a real baller.

    That breakaway dunk last night reminded me of young KG's rookie dunks. Galloping down the court with too much spring in his step for his own good, barely jumping, more like hopping, holding the ball 2 feet above everyone's reach. The comparison is purely superficial of course, but I've never seen a guy with that kind of body type and capability since then. Maybe KD, but he was never particularly athletic…

    • check12check

      I wouldn't say KD isn't really athletic. he is athletic, just no in a LBJ, super tank kind of way. true, I can put up more weight on a bench press than KD can, but while I dunk, KD soars in the stratosphere before absolutely slamming the ball home. to be able to do what he can and his height is unreal

      • skeeds

        Maybe I didn't phrase it correctly. What I meant was that you wouldn't consider KD a "power player" especially when he came into the league. Of course he's athletic, a guy that size moving the way he does? he's a freak!

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