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Mark summed up the unique situation the Celtics found themselves in perfectly today: "Having fallen to the Lakers and Kings in their last two games, Boston now has the chance to complete an impressive (in terms of lottery standings) 'reverse sweep' against the three bottom teams in the Western Conference." Well, mission accomplished as the shorthanded Celtics (no Sully, no Bradley) concluded their road trip with an unusual 0-5 record and they're now holding a historic 0-13 away record against the Western conference teams. Welcome to the rebuilding era.

This one was never really close to be honest. The Celtics at times tried to come back, yet the nine-point deficit in the first quarter more or less became the story of the game. That was true despite an above-average scoring performance by Jeff Green (21 pts, 7-16 FG), and another double-double from Rajon Rondo (18 pts, 6-13 FG, 10 assists). However, the star of this game for the Celtics was without a doubt Kelly Olynyk as he scored 21 pts, pulled down 8 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in 27 minutes. Jerryd Bayless's 13 points on 6-11 shooting should also be mentioned. Had Brandon Bass shot better (8 pts, 2-11 FG, 8 rebounds) and the team distributed the ball better (16 assists vs. Utah's 25), the Celtics could have had a chance, but c'est la vie. Hey, at least we didn't get any technical fouls! I guess that's what happens when Marc Davis isn't the referee.

With this loss, the Celtics make sure that they remain the 4th worst team in the league for now.

semioticus (shelbyl) 2/24/2014 11:30:00 PM Edit
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