Wow. That may have been the worst basketball game I have ever seen. Coming out of the blocks down 24-3? In Game 2 of the playoffs? Speechless.
And I’m not just talking about the Celtics’ performance. The Hawks were pretty bad too. The Celtics actually outscored the Hawks 69-65 after the opening barrage. This score was over the last 42 minutes of the game or so as well. Tough to watch.
I can’t remember seeing so many bricks being tossed up…by both teams. I can’t even believe that the C’s shot 32% for the game. It seemed worse. Atlanta had 15 blocks. Felt like 30. R.J. Hunter was 0-3 from the field and I think they were all deflected. Every time a Celtic drove the lane, the shot was seemingly blocked. Or there were missed layups. Take your pick.
Chances are your team is not going to go very far if Amir Johnson is your best player on the floor…though I’m still shaking my head over those awful pair of threes he actually lined up and took.
Chances are even better your team will not go far if Terry Rozier is arguably your 2nd best player on the floor…and it looks like he was. That may be by default though. No one else played well at all.
Isaiah Thomas? 4-15. Jae Crowder? 1-9. Marcus Smart? 1-11. Ok, that’s actually not a big stretch for Marcus. But it was all ugly to say the least. Throw in Paul Millsap’s 1-12 and Kent Bazemore’s 2-14…yikes!
Airballs. Balls off the backboard, no rim. 24 second violations. Only 29 turnovers total, but it felt like more. Was it good defense? Maybe partly. But I’m not buying it. The C’s had plenty of open looks. As did the Hawks. And early on, Kyle Korver proved me wrong (of course) by burying 5 threes when there actually was someone close by most of the time.
The bottom line? My eyes still hurt. Badly.
Ok, the real bottom line? My confidence in the Celtics is waning. Kind of an understatement, I know. But I said before the series I thought that it would be a close series that the C’s would lose in 7. That the Celts would fight hard all the way. Well, they do fight hard and they will continue to for sure. It seems a little far-fetched now that this series will go close to 7. Maybe some home cooking will help?
The slow starts over the last handful of games are a real concern. If this happens to other local teams, we blame the coach for not having the team ready to play. Can we do that with Brad Stevens at this point? I don’t know if I am going to go that far, but it’s worth asking the question. It’s inexplicable that they can come out of the locker room this poorly in the most crucial time of year.
Avery Bradley is hurt, I’ll give you that. But it’s my opinion that they should still be competitive against the Hawks even without him. Against the Cavs, Spurs, Warriors or the like? Not a chance. But the Hawks, absolutely. I’m not sure the Hawks have been all that impressive through the first two games, especially if you take out the first 6 minutes or so of each game.
The injuries besides Bradley? It’s a little disturbing that we are starting to hear about them now. Maybe disturbing is too strong a word. Disappointing, maybe? But the fact that these are being talked about now…does it build in some excuses in case they lose the series? Especially if they get smoked from here on in? I hope not. Either way I don’t want to hear about them.
Crowder said he is playing at 75%. Smart has a bum finger. Blah, blah, blah. The worst? Don’t get me going on Dirk Nowi…er, I mean Kelly Olynyk? He couldn’t play tonight? Shoulder? How bad is it? Can’t they medicate him and have him suck it up for a few minutes? Guess not. One inactive spot was obviously going to Bradley. The other would’ve been John Holland. Kelly could’ve dressed and if he could even give them a few minutes, it would’ve been better than what guys like Holland, Jordan Mickey, James Young, Hunter, etc. would give them at full strength. And no one would’ve missed Holland. But Kelly couldn’t do it. As far as I’m concerned, if he couldn’t play tonight, he’d better be out for the series. That tough guy stuff from Dirk with Kevin Love last year didn’t carry over to this year’s playoffs series I guess…
And hey, don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for Holland! I have no idea who he is, even if he went to Boston University for 4 years…right down the road. But he got out in 2011. Been playing overseas since then and this year in the D-league. But never a minute in the NBA. The Celts signed him 8 days ago. And he got a minute tonight. Got himself in an NBA box score. Good for him. Too bad he missed his shot attempt though.
What else can I tell you? Not much. Best to take this one and just flush it down the toilet.
Here’s hoping the Celtics show up in Game 3 in Boston. I know, Captain Obvious. But they can’t whimper out against a team of similar talent in this year’s playoffs. What kind of taste would that leave in your mouth heading into this very important offseason?
Wait, don’t even answer that…
Posted on April 20, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, John Holland, Kelly Olynyk, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver, Marcus Smart, NBA, NBA playoffs, Paul Millsap, Terry Rozier. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.