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In a four game week, the Celtics struggled again only managing one win. Although it was a widely negative week, a few positives can be drawn from this fairly negative week.
It was 19 days into January, and the Magic had still not won a game in the new calendar year. Thankfully for the Magic, they were facing off against a suffering Celtics squad, and grabbed their first win of 2014. The Magic can thank Arron Afflalo for their two point victory. Afflalo had 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. Kris Humphries continued his string of successful games with a 18 point, 12 rebounds, and 2 block performance. Rajon Rondo struggled mightily this game only registering 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists on putrid 3-10 shooting from the field. Jeff Green was a pure scorer this game going off for 22 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds. A heart breaking loss for the Celtics, but they simply could not contain Arron Afflalo.
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It is always tough to play the Miami Heat, and it is even tougher when you are playing in Miami. The Celtics felt the wrath of LeBron James and co. in a 93-86 defeat. LeBron James dropped 29 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Again, Kris Humphries was the star of the Celtics recording another double double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Rajon Rondo struggled mightily this game, only putting up 1 point, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds. Off the bench, Brandon bass led the Celtics in scoring with 15 points. The Celtics allowed the Heat to shoot over 50% from the field which is the biggest reason on why the Celtics got the L.
The Celtics were able to come away with a win in overtime over the Washington Wizards even though they were extremely undermanned. In the 113-111 OT victory, the Celtics resorted to signing Vander Blue to a 10 day contract because they were so depleted. Blue played for four minutes and tallied up 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist. The real star of the game was Jeff Green who had his best performance of the season with 39 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. Phil Pressey also had his best game to date with 20 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals. This win took a little of grit and heart for the Celtics, but it was all worth it in the end.
Oklahoma City Thunder
This game was simply embarrassing, the Thunder were playing without Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, and the Celtics could still not manage a win. Serge Ibaka led the way with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the Thunder with Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones starting in place of the injured stars. Rajon Rondo found his passing ways again tallying 8 assists, but still struggled scoring the basketball. Gerald Wallace was the Celtics top performer with 13 points 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. That is how bad the Celtics played. This team has no excuses to lose a game like this, and they need to pump up their energy for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce's much anticipated return to Boston.