In a nutshell
My great-grandmother once told me, “If you f-ck around enough, you’ll eventually get f-cked.” And that’s what happened to the Celtics tonight. They played about 12 solid minutes of basketball and the result was a 111-103 loss to the lowly Phoenix Suns.
To compound matters, Aron Baynes fractured his left hand and will miss about a month.
What went right
The Celtics torched Phoenix for 37 points on 70% FG in the 1st quarter. Eight guys scored in the quarter.
Kyrie Irving (29 points, 10-19 FG, 10 assists, 4 steals) was the only guy to bring his A game.
Robert Williams had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks in 24 minutes. He struggled a fair amount against DeAndre Ayton (23 points, 18 rebounds) and needs to be more than a lob threat on offense, but I still love watching him play.
What went wrong
With Horford, Morris Sr. and Yabusele in street clothes, the loss of Baynes in the 1st quarter really hurt the Celtics. Phoenix outrebounded Boston 56-37 and had 20 2nd chance points on 21 offensive rebounds. Ayton is a massive man. He was too much for Theis and Williams.
Jaylen Brown finished with 6 points (3-9 FG) in 24 minutes. He sat the final 10 minutes. He’s still out of sync.
Thanks to some weak ass defense from Jayson Tatum, Kelly Oubre had 10 points in the 4th quarter.