The Boston Celtics simply didn't show up Wednesday night against the Miami Heat, losing 93-86.
The Celtics got off to a nice start, with Avery Bradley scoring the team's first seven points on jumpers, but it was all Miami after that. The Heat led 57-40 at the half and were up by 20 a few times in the second half. Boston had a nice fourth quarter, cutting the lead to single digits, but it was not meant to be.
Boston is in a tight playoff race and needed this win. The odds seemed to be on their side as Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside and Chris "Birdman, Birdman," Andersen didn't play. Luckily, Boston's other adversary for a playoff spot (Charlotte) didn't show up either.
Isaiah Thomas made his return after missing the past two weeks, but it may have been a little too soon, as he shot 2-7 from the field and missed all three of his three-point attempts, finishing with just four points.
Jae Crowder led all Celtics with 16 points to go along with five rebounds, Bradley finished with 12 points and Tyler Zeller had 10 points and eight rebounds. On the bright side, Phil Pressey had himself a game, finishing with 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.
For Miami, Goran Dragic had 22 points, seven assists and five rebounds and Luol Deng had 15 points and five rebounds.
Boston's next game is against the New York Knicks on Friday.
Photo credit: ESPN Eric Blaisdell 3/25/2015 10:18:00 PM Tweet Edit