The Boston Celtics got steam-rolled by the Chicago Bulls, 108-85. The game began poorly, and just got worse as the minutes ticked by. In the end, it was a reverse-Gino for the squad, who lost by 23 points.
The Cs were without some notable players, who were sorely missed tonight. Al Horford would eventually be cleared to play.
Full #NEBHInjuryReport for tonight in Chicago: Injury report for tonight: - Al Horford - questionable (right knee contusion) - Kyrie Irving - out (left quad contusion) - Marcus Morris - out (left knee rehab) - Gordon Hayward - out (left ankle fracture)
The Celtics began the game with a semi-well-rounded first quarter, but only came out of it with a one point lead. Marcus Smart started off hot, hitting three of his first three three-point attempts (say that three times fast), but steadily slowed down after that. He'd get all of his first quarter points on those three baskets, and was one of seven Celtics' players to score in the quarter. Kyrie Irving's absence was obvious throughout the night, and he was missed right from the opening tip.
The second quarter was atrocious. It was potentially the Cs' worst quarter of the season thus far. They were outscored by fifteen points, and only tallied thirteen points in the entire quarter. They shot poorly, went on a lengthy scoreless streak, and were no where to be seen on the defensive end.
HALF: Bulls 56, Celtics 42
Mirotic has 16 points and Portis has 15 for the Bulls. C's shooting just 39.5% but caught a groove toward end of half. Gonna need the bench to provide something during second half.
Things just kept getting worse as the quarter went on. For some reason, Jaylen Brown took off his glasses in the second quarter, which may have helped, but clearly not enough. He finished the night with 13 points and 8 rebounds, and with vision or not, was able to hit this jumper.
Jaylen Brown took his goggles off. He is not wearing his prescription contact lenses either. Jaylen is blind. And he is still getting buckets. pic.twitter.com/dCxxn4YmlC
The third quarter came and went with the Celtics being outscored once again. They showed no life on either end of the floor, and got worked by Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis. Mirotic finshied with 24 points and eight rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting, and Portis recorded 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
At the end of the quarter, five Celtics had recorded double-digit points, but it wasn't enough. Tonight's game was a bit reminiscent of last season when Isaiah Thomas was on the squad, and he was the only one who could score. It was a gross game, plain and simple, and we haven't even cracked the fourth quarter yet.
End of 3Q: Bulls 78, Celtics 63
Don't want to be a downer, but... I just don't see it in the C's tonight. I can't see a comeback happening. Hope they prove me wrong.
The fourth quarter was the same old story. Celtics were outscored 30-22 in the quarter, and were beaten 80-56 in the game's final three quarters. Brad Stevens put out some G-Leaguers to finish the game, and that was all she wrote. Celtics lose by 23, their first blowout loss of the season.
Brad Stevens has waved the white flag. Kadeem Allen, Jabari Bird, Abdel Nader, Guerschon Yabusele and Daniel Theis make up the current fivesome on the floor.
It was the second game of a back-to-back, so hopefully the team will come out swinging when they get some rest and face the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Regardless, it can't go much more poorly than tonight did.
The Patriots lost too. My second loss-blog in a week. Bah Humbug.