Cs drop a key game in the race for home court, lose to Nets 110-96

In what can only be described as a scheduled loss of dubious value, the Boston Celtics dropped a game to the Brooklyn Nets tonight, losing 110-96.

Boston, who elected to rest both Kyrie Irving (back) and Al Horford (knee) despite being neck-and-neck with the Indiana Pacers in the seeding race for home court with their likely first-round opponents, led anyway for much of the first half.

D'Angelo Russell erupting for 20 of his 29 points in the third quarter turned the tables and gave the Nets the lead for good, and Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown going for a combined 7-of-28 from the field basically shot the Cs out of the game.

We did see some solid outings from Gordon Hayward (19 points and 6 boards) and Daniel Theis (16 points) off the bench, and 16 more from Marcus Morris Sr., but the Celtics now find themselves behind the eight ball again in their quest to stay in the playoffs long enough for their stars to need rest in the first place.

Maybe the Jay Team felt like they needed to do Brooklyn a solid for their playoff aspirations, I don't know. At this point, it's hard to care.

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