|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 7, 2012 at 8:55 PM|
The big stat all night was the record for the Celtics on the road in a second night of a back-to-back. It was 0-5, and now it's 0-6. The Celtics are 5-0 at home in the second game of a back-to-back. The Celtics suffered their worst loss of the season. In maybe the first game that had any meaning all season. The Celtics had a chance to take their first lead in the Atlantic, and they failed the test. The Sixers came in losing 8 of their last 10 games, and this was a confidence building win for them.
Tonight all of us witnessed Evan Turner play his best pro game. He had a career high 26 points. The Celtics got out to a sluggish start, and they never got anything going. The Celtics big three shot 9-29 from the field. Ray didn't hit one field goal, he was 0-5. Pierce actually looked strong early, but he faded fast. KG was jump shot happy, and he missed five in a row at one point. KG ended the game with 8 points, and 5 boards.
Rondo wasn't the focus all night. He was active, in my book. But nobody helped him. Doc wanted him to get the ball to KG, and Pierce, and that's what he did. Tommy made a great point during the final minute of the game. The studio crew called out Rondo for being the young guy, and he should lead this team to victory. But Tommy had a good counter on Rondo's side. He said Rondo can run all he wants, but if his teammates are to tired to keep up it doesn't matter. I agree with that, but I think Doc should work on a line-up in a second game of a back-to-back. Bradley looked good tonight,and that's why I say that.Get creative, because how many years now have we seen this trend?
The biggest stat remains rebounding. The Celtics lose the glass again by 19, like last night against Houston. The Celtics had many stand around, and look at the ball moments. I will have more on this game later tonight, an tomorrow, but this was just one of those games.
This was also the worst loss in the big three era. Prior number was 31 points.