Good, Bad, & Ugly: 4th-quarter trouble continues

Good, Bad, & Ugly: 4th-quarter trouble continues
November 5, 2013, 12:45 am
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The Boston Celtics continue their run of losing games in the fourth quarter as the Memphis Grizzlies rallied to defeat the Celtics 95-88.

Boston went into the fourth quarter on a 15-4 run and led 72-66. But the Celtics once again faltered in the game's closing moments.

Still, there were some things that the Celtics took from the defeat that they certainly will want to build on.

So here's a look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly as the Celtics shift their focus towards Wednesday's game against a Utah Jazz team that's also in search of their first win of the season.

THE GOOD

JEFF GREEN

He led all scorers with 22 points on 6-for-12 shooting, wasting little time establishing himself on Monday. It was a good bounce-back performance from Sunday's loss at Detroit when he spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench because of ineffective play. But as much as Boston will take solace in his good scoring performance on Monday, Green still went scoreless in the entire fourth quarter which should not happen to your number one scoring option.

JORDAN CRAWFORD

Early foul trouble by Avery Bradley forced the Celtics to turn to Crawford. And as he has often done when given an opportunity, he didn't disappoint. The more he plays, the more it seems he is finding that happy medium between being a good playmaker while still playing to his primary strength which is ability to create his own shot and finish.

Crawford had 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting to go with four assists with just one turnover. And his defense, which has always been an area of concern, was pretty good on Monday as he tallied a season-high three steals.

THE BAD

KELLY OLYNYK

Like most rookies, he's going to have his ups and downs this season. Monday was the latter as Olynyk had four points on 1-for-8 shooting, four rebounds and four turnovers.  More than anything he missed some crucial, wide open shots down the stretch.

TURNOVERS

Once again the Celtics were far too careless in handling the basketball while committing 17 turnovers. Boston's transition defense has been pretty decent in not allowing those miscues result in a ton of easy points.

But by turning the ball over so often, it takes away scoring opportunities for a team that's simply not built to withstand the problems that come about in making so many mistakes.

THE UGLY

FOURTH QUARTER SHOOTING

The Celtics shot just 33.3 percent in the fourth quarter which is consistent with their fourth quarter struggles this season.

Boston came into the game shooting 32.1 percent from the field in the fourth quarter, the second-worst fourth quarter shooting percentage in the NBA this season.

For the many challenges that the Celtics are dealing with, figuring this one will go far in Boston getting that first win of the Brad Stevens era.