Poor shooting didn't kill the Celtics in Charlotte - Kemba Walker did
The loss to the Charlotte Hornets was bad enough. But the Celtics were leading by 10 points at the 10:16 mark of the 4th quarter. Then came Kemba - Walker that is! Weren't the Celtics ready for him? He had a career 60-point night on Saturday!
His barrage started at the 8:43 mark of the 4th quarter. His repertoire included reverse layups, running layups, 3-pointers and free throws. And the massacre ended with his dagger-thrust 3-pointer with about half-a-minute to go in the game. It was a merciful thing to do.
We had a double-digit lead with less than 10 minutes to play Monday night, but the red-hot Kemba Walker took care of the rest for Charlotte.
Boston shot well (50.6%) from the field but only 28.1% on threes. Turnovers didn't kill the Celtics (only 12 for the game) - Kemba did. Is that career-Kemba-night memo under loose paperwork on Brad Stevens' desk?
The Celtics scored a season-high 52 points in the paint tonight.
I verified the number in the above tweet, and it is correct. The Celtics were hitting their close shots and missing the long threes (28.1%). On closer inspection, Boston got the same percentage of points on 3-pointers last night as they have all season, about 36%. But their percentage of points in the paint rose to 46.4% from a season-average of 37.5%.