Good, bad, & ugly: Bayless makes Celtics debut

Good, bad, & ugly: Bayless makes Celtics debut
January 8, 2014, 1:45 am
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Jerryd Bayless didn't have the kind of debut for the Boston Celtics he would have wanted.

He had six points but missed eight of his 11 shot attempts.

And on top of that, the Celtics got smashed 129-98 by the Denver Nuggets.

Considering the moment he stepped on the court was the first time he had played with his new teammates, both Bayless and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens were encouraged.

"It was good to be out there," Bayless told reporters after the loss. "But obviously we have a lot of work to do as a team."

Said Stevens: "He (Bayless) tried to do everything right. He clearly was trying to fit in and be a good teammate. Probably not as aggressively looking for his shot as he normally does or should. But he tried to defend. I thought he helped us.

Stevens added, "he did nothing but increase his stock in my eyes."

That's a good thing because going forward, the Celtics will need players such as Bayless to step up and contribute even more than are now.

And with that, we have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Tuesday night's thumping at the hands of the Nuggets.

The Good

Keith Bogans

He continues to shoot the ball better with more minutes. On Tuesday, he had a season-high nine points on 2-for-3 shooting in 13 minutes. "Keith Bogans gave us nice minutes," said Brad Stevens, pointing to Bogans' play as one of the few positives for Boston on Tuesday.

The Bad

Jared Sullinger

He had an underwhelming eight points and seven rebounds, but the bigger concern for the Celtics and Sullinger needs to be his flagrant foul point total. The 6-foot-9 forward picked up a pair of flagrant fouls on Tuesday - an automatic ejection - and is now one away from having to serve an automatic one-game suspension.

The Ugly

Perimeter defense

For the second straight game, Boston's perimeter defense was just pitiful. Oklahoma City was 9-for-19 on Sunday shooting 3s, and Denver was 14-for-31. The 14 made 3s by the Nuggets was a season-high against the Celtics.

"First of all, they can get into a rhythm and they got into a rhythm," Stevens said. "They made shots with guys there, and then they got going. But they made a lot of shots with guys not there."

And that's kind of the problem for the Celtics now.

Teams are making shots because far too many are wide open looks.

"Once they started getting lay-ups and dunks, we started worrying about that and they were making 3s too," said Boston's Jordan Crawford. "We didn't put pressure on them. We were giving up lay-ups and 3s."