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It was an ugly week for the Celtics... The Celtics played the Hawks, Bulls, and Pelicans and could not pull out a win against any of these teams. After this disastrous week, the Celtics record is now 13-20. The team is slowly sliding out of the playoff picture, and has lost control of the Atlantic Division, now four games behind Toronto for the Atlantic Division crown, and one game out of the playoffs the Celtics are spiraling out of control. With the surging Nets in their rear view mirror, the Celtics either need to step up and play their hearts out, or tank.
In the battle between Kelly Olynyk and Paul Milsap, Milsap came out on top. The Celtics played suffocating perimeter defense, allowing the Hawks to only shoot 36% from the field, and 17% from behind the arc. However, the Celtics interior defense did not have an answer for Paul Milsap. Milsap registered 34 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. This was all on 12-19 shooting. Kelly Olynyk had a solid game as well. The Gonzaga product had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks off the bench. Fellow big man reserve Kris Humphries had 18 points, and 10 assists. What killed the Celtics is their starting five. No Celtics starter reached 10 points. No wonder they lost...
Joakim Noah narrowly missed out on a triple double in the Bulls 94-82 rout of the Celtics in the United Center. Noah had 17 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Talk about stuffing the stat sheet... The Celtics top dog was Jordan Crawford. Crawford had 22 points, 7 assists, and 3 rebounds. Jared Sullinger had a double double with 11 points, and 11 rebounds. Humphries was great off the bench, scoring 9 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and playing great defense with 2 steals, and 4 blocks. Between the Bulls and Celtics, only four three pointers were made. This game was all about getting inside and finishing hard.
New Orleans Pelicans
In a nail-biter, the Celtics could not pull out a win against the newly named Pelicans, and lost the game 95-92. Anthony Davis was huge in this game, throwing down thunderous dunks, and compiling stat line of 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. In a scary moment late in the game, Gerald Wallace and Ryan Anderson collided, and Anderson's head was hit. Anderson was carried off the court on a stretcher and brought to a local hospital, but was later pronounced alright. Brandon Bass had a double double, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Avery Bradley had 22 points and 4 rebounds in the disappointing loss.