Pre-game Quote of the Night:
“It’s very important. This is a crucial game, not just for what lies ahead but for us, if we win, it’ll be our first west coast road victory. It’s a stepping stone for what we have for the rest of these games.”
– Jeff Green said this last night, but pretty sure he said it again tonight, since the Celtics were trying to avoid making history.
Lots of good from the 2nd unit, lots of misses from the first unit. Overall ugly play from both teams on the second half of a back-to-back for both squads
Celtics looked to be on the verge of being blown out midway through third quarter, but a 12-0 shutout over the final few minutes of the third changed that. Both teams exchanged runs through the fourth quarter, until Jerryd Bayless takeover mode was enacted for roughly 3 minutes to help C’s climb back into game. Then this happened on Boston’s final crucial possesion, with the Celtics trailing by three and 20 seconds remaining.
That was the worst awareness I’ve seen all season. In the entire 2013-14 BOSTON FREAKING CELTICS season. Awful.
— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) March 18, 2014
MVP – Dirk Nowitzki – On a night full of lackluster performances by players on both teams, Dirk was the best of the bunch. Nowitzki scored seven of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a back-breaking 3-pointer with 1:32 remaining that gave the Mavs a five-point lead.
LVP – Jeff Green – The roller coaster ride for Boston’s inconsistent leading scorer continues. After scoring 39 points against New Orleans Sunday night, Green was brutal offensively against Dallas, missing 10 of his 12 shots from the field. The small forward tallied a mere five points and had a game-high six turnovers in 39 minutes of action.
That was…Western Conference domination: With the loss, the Celtics finish the season 0-15 on the road against Western Conference opponents, and 4-26 against the West overall.
Brandon Wright scored five times on this play tonight
Takeaways: Celtics are quietly making history this season.
Celtics make history tonight in 94-89 loss to Mavs, becoming 1st team in NBA history to go 0-15 on road vs. Western Conference.
— Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) March 18, 2014
On nights like this, they continue not to quit. Encouraging signs from all the youngsters on the bench tonight. Given that this was the fifth game in seven nights for Boston, was a good fight against a Dallas team that is scrapping for every win they can get right now in a playoff race.