Here’s how the Celtics lost …
A 40-year-old Manu Ginobili made a three-pointer with five seconds remaining, getting it off just inches away from the outstretched hand of Al Horford.
Then, as he usually does, Celts coach Brad Stevens managed to get a clean look for his best player, Kyrie Irving, for a three-point attempt from the corner. That bid, however, went in the hoop and then out as the buzzer sounded.
And so it was. A 105-102 loss to one of the best home teams in the NBA, the Spurs. (For a complete recap, click here.)
The Celtics have lost so few times this season that when such occasions pop up there seemingly must be a huge talking point in regards to why it happened. But this really wasn’t all that complicated or fascinating. Stevens’ club got supbar performances from a few of his key guys, and paid the price thanks to a talented, experienced, well-coached San Antonio team.
Other than the last shot of the game, Irving did his part, netting 36 points. As did Jayson Tatum (20 points, 8 rebounds) and Jaylen Brown (15 points). There just wasn’t quite enough from some of the other foundation pieces.
Al Horford had all kinds of problem matching up with Spurs’ center LaMarcus Aldridge (27 points, 10 rebounds), with the Celtics’ big man netting just two points on 1-for-6 shooting from the floor. Horford wasn’t alone in his subpar play. Marcus Morris scored five points while going 2-for-9 from the field, and Marcus Smart finished with just four points before fouling out.
Not helping matters was that the Celtics ran into the rare occasion where they were outrebounded, 46-39. Coming into the night, the C’s were 16-0 when getting the better of their opponent on the boards, serving as the only team in the NBA to remain unbeaten when carrying such an advantage.
Life goes on, and in this case that road leads to Sunday’s game against Detroit. The Celtics are 22-5, and that’s a big reason it’s hard to get worked up over this one.
JBL Audio Stat of the Game: The Spurs are now 6-0 when Tony Parker plays. The veteran point guard scored 11 points in 19 minutes.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog