3/6 Recap: Celtics drop second straight home game with 99-94 loss to Jazz
Jayson Tatum scored 18 points in the loss to the Utah Jazz. Photo via the Boston Celtics on Twitter @celtics.
Missing Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward due to injuries, the hospital Boston Celtics fell to the Utah Jazz at home with a final score of 99-94. It was a lackluster night all around for both teams and the Celtics did fight in the last few minutes, but it ended in the second loss for the C's in the last three games.
Leading the team in scoring, Marcus Smart had 29 points while hitting 6 three-pointers in the process. He also shot 39% with a team-high 23 shot attempts and hit 40% of his 15 three-point attempts. Nonetheless, he was the only Celtic to put up 20+ points in a night where the entire team struggled to get things going.
Jayson Tatum did not really look like the confident version of himself we have seen as of late, as he snapped his six-game streak of 30+ points. He had just 18 points tonight shooting 36% in a game where his scoring was desperately needed. He chipped on the boards though with 7 rebounds in 32 minutes, but it was obvious that his lack of scoring played a big role in the outcome of this game.
Other than that, there was no one else really of note for the Celtics. Kemba Walker had just 13 points and 7 assists in a game where he saw 26 minutes on the floor. Daniel Theis had a solid 12 points on 71% shooting to go along with 9 rebounds and 3 assists. And finally, Semi Ojeleye had just 9 points and 7 rebounds starting in place of Gordan Hayward after his big night off the bench in Cleveland. Overall, the consistently unhealthy nature of this team is starting to become more and more of a pain and it makes it harder for guys to find a role in a winning system and stick to it.
And don't ask me what happened with Wannamaker in the last two minutes, I don't even know where to begin to explain those shots.
For a much healthier Jazz team, it was Mike Conley who led in their winning effort with 25 points and 5 assists. Utah star Donovan Mitchell was contained to just 11 points on 20% shooting and I am not sure if that should be a bright spot in this game or a negative one considering we still lost despite it. Off the bench, Jordan Clarkson aided in Mitchell's rough night with 17 points of his own, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Celtics' next game will be this Sunday (3/8) at 6 p.m. against Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder in their second straight game at home.