The streak is over. Boston’s second-half magic finally wasn’t enough to overcome a deficit that peaked at 18 points. Miami played an extremely efficient game while the Celtics sloppily lulled around on offense. The C’s shot only 35/84 (42.2%) from the field and 9/26 (34.6%) from deep. Their struggles from the field have become a concerning issue and it was magnified with the loss tonight.
Miami took advantage of these miscues and ended up holding on to win. However, maybe this was good for Boston. They no longer have the pressure of a huge winning streak on their shoulders. Well, until the next streak.
The Celtics fall to 16-3 with the loss but they still are at the top of the East. The Heat improve to 8-9.
- The Celtics have to get their offense back on track. They are ranked 28th in the league in field goal percentage, making just 43% of their shots. That’s concerning.
- Al Horford’s hot starts from the field and three-point range are starting to teeter off. He’s shot 30% or under in the past three games from the field. It’s been worse from deep. Horford has made just six of his last 22 (27.2%) three-point attempts.
- Horford also had a nice block on former Celtic Kelly Olynyk.
- The offense off the bench is starting to becoming a problem. Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Semi Ojeleye, Marcus Morris, and Daniel Theis combined to go 9/28 (32.1%) from the field. It might be time for Ainge to start scouring the market for a scorer the C’s could trade the DPE for.
- Despite the loss, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum continue to play well. Brown had 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals while knocking down two of his three triples. Tatum finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. He went 5/11 from the field and 3/4 from deep.
- Tatum has been a little sloppy with the ball the few games. He’s not turning it over at a high rate but we’ve seen him lose control a couple times while driving to the rim. The rookie did it last night in the fourth quarter. He had an aggressive take to the rim but the ball slipped out of his hand on the drive. Been noticing this trend the last couple of games.
- Boston outscored Miami 35-25 in the fourth quarter and still lost. That alone shows how mediocre they were in this one.
- Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters were sensational in this game for the Heat. Dragic had 27 points and 4 assists whiles Waiters finished with 26 points and 6 assists. Waiters knocked down a couple of rainbow threes that kept Miami ahead late
- Miami has some decent shooters on this roster. Dragic, Waiters, Wayne Ellington, and Tyler Johnson all hit at least two triples.
- Olynyk finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. He found most of his success off putbacks.
- Despite shooting fewer field goals than the Celtics, the Heat made 49.4% of their shots. They went 40/81 from the field against the best defense in the league.
- Another former Celtic, Jordan Mickey, didn’t play last night. Still, it’s good to see him get on with another team after Boston released him.