Well, that sucked. This whole season has, really; but tonight in particular they looked like a team that was just assembled in the parking lot outside the arena and decided “well, shit, we don’t have a chance so let’s just throw up a million 3’s”. It didn’t go well. They ended 7/39 from deep (17.9%) and shot just over 30% from the field over the course of the night.
Really, all of this was just the byproduct of a regular season that never saw the Celtics fully mesh for whatever reason, and tonight their flagrant lack of team-chemistry was on full display. Hero ball. Ugly turnovers caused by miscommunication. Screwing up defensive assignments. Truthfully, this was unlike any Celtics team I’ve ever seen- that’s no exaggeration, and I know a lot of people feel the same.
They just never showed any kind of grit or gave the city any reason to believe in them, and even the less talented teams in the past provided more joy and better entertainment. But we’re not here for a post-mortem on the season- there’ll be plenty of those in the days and weeks to come- we’re here to recap the ugliest Celtics game of the season.
Irving looked despondent and finished with the worst +/- (-25) and FG% (28.6) on the team. Hayward was once again doing his best impression of the Invisible Man (7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in over 20 minutes). The Marcus’ (and maybe Al?) were the only players that brought their A game on both ends of the court from start to finish (more on that in the WHAT WENT RIGHT). It got so bad that the Bucks once grabbed FIVE (5!) offensive rebounds on one possession. This game was legitimately hard to watch for any Celtics fan as the Bucks straight up embarrassed them from tip to buzzer and managed to end this second round series in just 5 games. Final Score: 116-91.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
I’m tempted to list nothing in this area, and LordSmarf knows they’d deserve it, but I know a lot of us are grasping for something positive at the moment, so I did my best to pick out some good stuff:
- After the Bucks went on their first quarter run, the Marcus’ came in and completely changed the complexion for the Celtics. Both were hustling on the defensive end, on the boards, and making plays on offense. Marcus Morris in particular left an indelible mark, and they both were catalysts in a 12-0 run put together by the Celtics, which got them back into the game before the end of Q1. (We should probably mention that Giannis was on the bench for all but 3 points of this comeback – and the Bucks ended up going into the 2nd quarter with the lead, 22-19, but like I said – we’re grasping for positives here.)
- During this run, the Celtics forced the Bucks to go without a point on 11 straight possessions at the end of Q1 (this during the 12-0 run, of course). Marcus, Marcus, Gordon, Al, and Kyrie were going to WORK
Did it feel good, reading that? I hope so. Cuz that’s all I got, and now it’s about to get ugly…
WHAT WENT WRONG
There are way too many, but a few key moments in the game:
- The Celtics desperately needed to get off to a good start in this game, so naturally they started 1/7 from the field. This was just the beginning of a lonnnnng first half and an even worse game.
The Bucks began the game on an 8-0 run during this ugly offensive start for the Cs. Milwaukees’ hot start was thanks to a couple of 3’s from Mirotic and Bledsoe – They’re going to shoot either way, but these are two people you REALLY don’t want to give confidence. Luckily, they never actually caught fire and the Bucks instead relied on a balanced offensive attack with no player scoring more than 20 points.
I tell you that the Celtics are shooting 24% from the field and you’d probably react – “gross. What a bad start to the game, huh? How much time is left in the first?” – but, nah. The Celtics were still shooting 24% from the field AT THE HALF. As I stated above, things didn’t get much better as they only managed to knock down just over 30% from the field for the entire game, but that’s at least heard of.
I could go on, but we’d be here all night, and I honestly think we’d all be better off if we just forgot about this game all together and never spoke of it again. The point is that the Celtics shot AWFUL and the Bucks feasted. Sure, they were facing the #1 ranked defense in the NBA (not to mention the overall #1 seed), but that doesn’t excuse the countless open 3’s or gimme layups they continued to miss tonight DESPITE THE REPEATED NEED TO FOCUS HERE FOLLOWING A PISS-POOR PERFORMANCE IN THESE AREAS IN THE 3 GAMES PRIOR. See? This is why I’m not going to continue picking apart what went wrong and getting worked up- it’s the same old, same old. For more on what went wrong tonight, check Game 4, Game 3, and Game 2.
- One last tidbit, though- since this encapsulates the end of this Celtics season perfectly:
Kyrie Games 2-4: 4/20 from deep, 31% from the field, 20.3 points
Kyrie Tonight: 1/7 from deep, 28.6% from the field, just 15 points
HE’S MISSED 58 SHOTS OVER THE LAST 4 GAMES
WHAT THE HELL
This game had a million of ’em, so I figured I had a duty of sharing at LEAST two “WHAT THE HELL” moments.
- They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let this speak for itself.
They narrowly escaped the stat line pictured above, but just look at this “core”, man.
2. Also, lol. (laughing through the tears)
We just got embarrassed in 5 games IN THE SECOND ROUND. It doesn’t matter that the Bucks are a good team – the Celtics are too damn talented to go out like that. We don’t deserve no damn highlights. There weren’t any. Instead, I’ll leave you with some of the quotes from the team following the game:
Terry sounds like he’s ready to go:
Marcus, too, but it doesn’t sound like it’s his choice:
Annnnnd then there’s Kyrie. So it begins:
Stay tuned for a post-mortem and all your offseason news.
RIP EROTIC CITY CELTICS 2018-2019