Celts suffer confusing … maybe even historic … setback against Utah

Boston Globe

Despite hoisting all of 98 Field Goal Attempts in Tuesday’s 117-109 home loss to the Jazz, a Celtic was fouled in the act of shooting on just four of those attempts – even more improbably, all four of those illegally-contested FGA’s were successful and led to an “and-1.”

Those were Boston’s lone Free Throw Attempts for the evening, leading to ZERO “Free Throw Conversions,” compared to 10 successful Utah possessions that concluded with a player going to the Charity Stripe for multiple attempts (albeit, five occurring in the game’s final minute).

Given such an Officially Foul edge, it’s head-scratching to recognize that both squads ran up exactly 48 Total Conversions … Boston even doing so in two fewer possessions, thanks in part to a Q2 Flagrant Foul whistled on Semi Ojeleye.

The “Two-out-of-Three” Rule

Boston Herald
In competitive hoops (any age, any level), the Big Three of Game Stats are FG%, Total Rebounds and Turnovers – a team holding a numerical advantage in at least two of those columns wins about four out of every five games.

Tuesday night at the TD Garden, the Celtics out-shot Utah .490 - .475 from the field, out-rebounded them 45-38 [47-44, when including “significant” Team Rebounds], and forced 17 Jazz Turnovers while committing only 14.

I’ve kept my eye towards that “Two-out-of-Three” Tendency off-and-on for quite some time – enough to confidently profess its 75-80% accuracy.

But I can recall NO GAME EVER – before last night—when a team was Three-for-Three, yet still lost.


The difference in the game was Utah’s +9 (19-10) in successful treys … at least something adds up about this game, the Jazz do lead the league currently in 3PAr (.486) and per-game 3FGA’s (nearly 43).

Sheesh !!