Here we are again talking about another loss.
And again, what makes me mad is not the fact that we lost, but the way we lost: we started the game pretty slowly, with Atlanta taking a 9 point lead right away out of the gates. In spite of this, we’ve been able to get back on our feet and surely but slowly we became our comeback, to explode in the third quarter with a partial score of 26 to 14 for a 7 point lead. Yet again, in the fourth quarter we fell apart once again and let them close the gap and go away.
They made the best out of the chance we gave them: in the final 12 minutes we committed 7 turnover that resulted in 17 Atlanta points. At the end of the game they scored 23 points on loose balls, while we scored 11 with the same amount of turnovers. This shows once again that we’re not playing with enough poise right now. I know we’re almost at the end of the season and there’s nothing we can do to straighten this out, but it’s still disappointing to see my team not giving it all.
The Hawks shooting percentage in the fourth quarter was 63% and we let them shoot 52% from the floor for the game. Moreover, like it’s happening in the last games, we’re not rebounding the ball really: more than half of our rebound has been grabbed by two players.
Sully, once again in the starting spot, earned another double double with 15 points and a team high 11 rebounds to go with a couple of assist and a block. If we needed something to remind us that when everyone else is giving up Sully will keep playing, here’s your reminder. Rondo is right, we still have something to play, and Jared is showing some Celtics pride keeping up the fighting.
Another guy that had a really good game is Bradley, that finished with a game high 24 points on 8 for 16 shooting to go with 4 rebounds, a couple of assists and 3 steals. Bradley is a big part of our comeback in the central part of last night game and he was also our top score down the stretch when we threw the game away. He was also perfect from downtown last night finishing 4 for 4 from behind the arc.
Rondo said the wanted to spoil Atlanta’s playoff dream before last night game and he backed his talk up on the court. Other than Sully, he’s been the only Celtics to complete a double double last night with 19 points and 12 assists to go with 4 rebounds and 3 steals. In the fourth quarter he scored 6 points and dished out 4 assists, but he’s been also responsible for a couple of those turnovers that killed us. On the positive note, he took responsibility once again after the game saying that he needs to lead by example.
Chris Johnson provided some good energy off the bench scoring 10 points in a little less that fifteen minutes on 3 for 6 shooting, while Kelly struggled a little bit more on the offensive end but grabbed 9 rebounds.
Tomorrow it will be the last game we’ll play at home for this year and it’s the last chance for our guys to thanks all the Celtics fan for their support this year and I expect them to play a good game.
We deserve this I think.
Let’s go Celtics.