Ever been hit so repeatedly that the affected area becomes numb?
That was tonight's game.
The Celtics were defeated handily Sunday night by a much better team. That team was the Los Angeles Clippers.
The eventual victors took an early lead that they never relinquished by hitting their first two threes. With a strong presence underneath by DeAndre Jordan and nearly perfect distance shooting from JJ Redick, the opposition proved much too strong to offer Boston a competitive game.
The score after the first quarter found Boston down 34-20.
Any hope of a Celtics comeback was frustrated by another dominant quarter before halftime. The Clippers continued their hot shooting and kept their bench busy in celebration on no shortage of obscenely masculine rebounds, dunks and alley-oops by DeAndre Jordan.
One particularly disturbing sequence that perhaps I alone was bothered by featured a tough rebound take-away and put-back by Jordan seconds prior to Kelly Olynyk fixing his hair and running back up the court.
The Celtics left for halftime after allowing 68 Clipper points to their own 47.
After the break, Los Angeles enjoyed more of the same, actually posting their highest quarter's point total of the game (37). Boston also scored their highest quarter point total with 32, but it only contributed to their collective misfortune in entering the fourth frame down 105-79.
After the game was well in hand the Celtics made a little run in the fourth to add a bit of hope, but it was too little, too late. Despite winning the quarter 27-14, Boston lost the game 119-106.
All of the starters for the Clippers scored in double figures, with three scoring at least 21 led by Redick's 27 on a blistering 11-15 from the field. Jordan took what he wanted in grabbing 14 boards in 29 minutes of play.
Boston had 6 players in double figures led by Isaiah Thomas, who still didn't look 100% and certainly didn't shoot that way (4-12). Luigi Datome made the most of his 18 minutes on the court in going 5-9 and scoring 12 points.
Boston continues its busy week of important games tomorrow night in Charlotte against the Hornets at 7:00pm EST.
AP Photo/Winslow Townson
@Chris Quimby Chris Quimby 3/29/2015 09:18:00 PM Tweet Edit