The Boston Celtics decided to use all of their momentum from their victory against Toronto on Wednesday to put up the biggest clunker of this short season. For the Celtics, that's really saying something.
If you love slow, terrible offense, lackluster defense, numerous turnovers and overall horrible basketball, then you were in for a treat tonight. Both teams partook in the egregious activities, as evidenced by the final score, but Phoenix's play was just a little less horrific than the Celtics' performance. Boston came out slow once again, scoring 35 points in the first half, and absolutely disappeared in the fourth quarter. All night, their offense looked molasses slow and about as aggressive as the Velveteen Rabbit. They were out-rebounded 44-32, turned the ball over 18 times and took a grand total of nine free throws all night. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined to score 22 points on 10-27 shooting. The Celtics never found their rhythm and it appeared that they were never truly interested in finding it.
Besides the fact that Avery Bradley played fairly well in the place of the injured Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen had a decent game filling up the stat sheet, there was absolutely nothing positive to take out of this. Nothing at all. On to Washington.
I need a drink.