Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beantown Ballin' 1/5-1/12

Photo Courtesy of ESPN

A five game week led to five losses for the Celtics, in a truly ugly week of basketball. On the other hand, there were some impressive performances from unsung heroes like Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless. 

OKC Thunder

In a 23 point blowout, the Celtics fell to Western Conference superpower, Oklahoma City Thunder.  Kevin Durant only had to play 27 minutes in the game because the game was over in the first quarter.  Kevin Durant had 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists but the real star for the Thunder was Reggie Jackson.  Jackson stepped up in Russell Westbrook's absence and exploded for 27 points and 2 assists.  Jordan Crawford had 17 points, and 7 assists and commanded the offense well.  Avery Bradley and Jeff Green both poured in 19, and Kris Humphries had 14 points off the bench.  Boston allowed the Thunder to shoot 51% from the field, and the Celtics only managed to shoot 43% for themselves.

Denver Nuggets

Another game... Another blowout.  This time the Celtics lost to the Denver Nuggets in a 31 point rout.  The Celtics downfall this game was Denver's three point shooting.  Randy Foye made seven three pointers on his own, and as a team the Nuggets shot 14-31 (45%) from behind the arc.  No wonder they lost...  Jeff Green was Boston's best player, as he totaled 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.  Ty Lawson had a big game with 17 points and 13 assists.  Jordan Crawford's defense was exposed yet again.

Los Angeles Clippers

While this game, not a blowout, was still a loss.  Blake Griffin poured in 29 points, and Jamal Crawford dropped 26.  This dynamic duo proved too much for the Celtics, and they suffered a 111-105 loss.  Jordan Crawford had 24 points, 8 assists, and 2 steals.  Avery Bradley also had 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.  The Celtics played small this game, with Kris Humphries starting at center, and it did not pay off.  The athletic bigs of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan proved too much for the Celtics small front line.

Golden State Warriors

The Celtics missed out on their chance for a win, with 2.1 seconds left Stephen Curry hit the game winning jumper.  Although the Celtics lost by two, Jeff Green had one of his best games of the season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 block.  Off the bench, Jared Sullinger had 21 points and 11 rebounds.  Andre Igoudala had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals.  The Celtics had a golden opportunity to end their never ending losing streak, but Stephen Curry wouldn't let it happen.

Portland Trail Blazers

In this 112-104 loss, Jared Sullinger had another double double off the bench, with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but the Celtics still are not starting him.  The major killer for the Celtics was the Portland Trail Blazers starting unit.  Nobody in the Blazer's starting five scored under 15 points, with LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way with 24 points.  Even though the Blazers had under 35 points in the paint, they still prevailed for the victory.