The Celtics have reached the lowest point of the season.
After blowing an 18-point lead against the Lakers Thursday night, the Celtics turned in the worst loss of the year against the Clippers Saturday — where Los Angeles erased a 28-point lead in a 123-112 win over the Celtics at TD Garden. As the Clippers began chipping away at their deficit, it didn’t take long for Celtics fans to turn on their team.
Boos came raining down when the Clippers cut the Celtics’ lead to six in the third quarter — where Los Angeles outscored Boston 28-12 and when the final buzzer sounded, the boos came pouring down while the Celtics players made their way towards the locker room.
“If (this is who we are) we won’t last long,” Brad Stevens said. “I’ve got to go back and look at, first and foremost, what I can do different to help. Our play out of the half at times this year has been really slow. That was again today but I think that started with our defense in the second quarter and you could kind of feel it going the other direction. Then we just got pounded again in the fourth.”
The Clippers ended the game on an 83-44 run. However, much like Stevens has done all season long when the Celtics come up short, he put the blame on himself following Saturday’s loss, explaining there’s a solution to his team’s recent struggles that he needs to figure out.
“Every year your trends change as the year goes on — both good and bad — but it is disappointing to have 20-point leads in consecutive games and lose, that’s for sure. I think that I need to look at myself first and figure out what I can do to help that not happen.
“If that means we have to play different rotations, call different things, start differently in quarters than we are; whatever the case may be. There’s an answer out there and we need to find it.”
Eight Clippers players finished in double figures; Montrezl Harrell’s 21 points led the way and Danilo Gallinari finished with a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds). Kyrie Irving exited the game in the second quarter after suffering a knee sprain and never returned.
The Celtics will look to bounce back from their back-to-back losses against the Sixers in Philadelphia Tuesday night.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog