Good, bad, & ugly: Another failed final possession

Good, bad, & ugly: Another failed final possession
January 19, 2014, 10:45 pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Two games in a row, the Boston Celtics were there at the very end in need of the one big play to secure the victory.

And for the second game in a row, they failed to get it done as the woeful Orlando Magic escaped with a 93-91 win.

Orlando's Tobias Harris hit a pair of free throws with 10.1 seconds to play that proved to be the game-winners.

Boston had a chance to win the game or tie it up, but the Celtics could not get a shot off in time.

"We're one step from going over the hump; one loose ball," said Rajon Rondo making his second start of the season following a torn right ACL injury on Jan. 25. "Not just this game. We've lost a couple games like this."

And he's not talking about this season; more like this week.

"We just have to take the next step," Rondo said.

Added Avery Bradley, who fumbled the pass from Jeff Green in the game's final seconds:  "We had a chance to win the game."

But they didn't.

And it is a trend that is starting to look like a constant with this team.

There are only so many silver linings head coach Brad Stevens can pull out of these down-to-the-wire losses.

"This is not fun for me at all. That's the bottom line," Stevens said. "I'd like to see us get better and win some of these, but we haven't, so we need to move on and try to do it the next time."

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Boston's 93-91 loss to the Orlando Magic which by getting the win, snapped a 10-game losing streak.

The Good

Kris Humphries

Humphries delivered another strong performance for Boston with 18 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double this season.

Jeff Green

He didn't shoot the ball particularly well (4-for-11), but his aggressive play was rewarded with a season-high 15 free throw attempts (he made 13 of them). Green finished with 22 points.


The Bad

Rebounding

As challenged as the Celtics can be at times along the frontline, the Magic were noticeably smaller and still managed to win the battle on the boards, 49-46. Many of those rebounds came down to the Magic out-working the Celtics and showing more hustle. "We're losing the 50/50 plays," said Rondo. "We have to do a better job of getting those plays, coming down full court and getting stops when need be."


The Ugly

Second quarter slump

You can break down Sunday's loss in many parts, but this game was won and lost in the second quarter. That is when the Celtics were at their absolute worst, allowing the Magic to outscore them 35-20. Even though the Celtics were able to get back into the game and eventually regain the lead, that one bad quarter of play stood out on a night when other than that, Boston played the kind of basketball that would normally result in a victory.