The Celtics lost a shootout to the Portland Trailblazers 127 to 123 tonight. The game required overtime after Terry Rozier tied the game in regulation on a three-point field goal. Isaiah Thomas scored 41 points in the loss. The Celtics played a tough match-up. Portland has stellar guards in C. J. McCollum and Damian Lillard and the Celtics are still without Avery Bradley, and likely will be for another week.
Celtics Win The Rebound Battle, Lose The War (Game)
The Celtics out-rebounded the Blazers 47-37 in total rebounds. They also posted a 33-28 edge on the defensive glass.
However the Celtics turned the ball over 21 times to the Blazers 14 and allowed Portland to shoot nearly 47% from the field.
Meyers Leonard had made four 3s all monthHe was 4-4 tonight. Gross.
– Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) January 22, 2017
This tweet says it all. The Celtics allowed Leonard to shoot 4-4 from three-point land. That is simply inexcusable.
It wasn’t as if Leonard made shots with a hand in his face either. The Celtics frequently lost sight of the Portland bigs when the Blazers ran pick and pop plays. Brad will have to clean this up moving forward.
6 in Double Figures
Both teams put 6 players in double figures tonight.
Thomas, Smart, Rozier, Crowder, Olynyk and Horford all scores in double-figures for Boston. Thomas put up 41 points, on 14 for 28 shooting. Horford and Smart both had 17 and Crowder chipped in 16 but did not score in the 4th quarter or in overtime.
McCollum, Lillard, Plumlee, Leonard, Turner and Aminu all scored in double-figures for Portland.
Brad Stevens Liked The Defense Despite Loss
Stevens calls this crazy on a night Portland scored 127, but states, This is the best I’ve felt about us defensively in the last 2 weeks- Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 22, 2017
Apart from the previously referenced pick and pop defense Stevens has a point. The Blazers were forced into, but ultimately made, a lot of tough shots. The defense on Lillard and McCollum was mostly solid. And despite over-helping on the ball-handlers and leaving the bigs open for jump shots at times the Celtics were generally flying around and playing with effort defensively. Yet on the scoreboard this looks like one of their worst defensive performances of the season.
4 In 5
The Celtics will kick off a 4 games in 5 nights stretch on Tuesday against the Wizards. The Celtics will play Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.