Good, bad, & ugly: C's no match for Rockets

Good, bad, & ugly: C's no match for Rockets
November 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
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And to think Houston was supposed to be the "easier" game during Boston's Texas two-step which continues tomorrow night in San Antonio.

Houston scored around the basket. They scored from deep. They defended. They did anything and everything they wanted to do to the Celtics.

The Rockets were bigger, stronger, faster, quicker and just the better team in every phase of play.

And the final score, a 109-85 Houston win, didn't do justice to how thoroughly outplayed the Celtics were by the Rockets.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has been great when it comes to finding positives to take away from every game, win or lose.

And as bad as this game was, he'll surely find a point or two to build on heading into tomorrow night's game against (gulp!) the San Antonio Spurs.

We'll try and do the same as we take a look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Celtics' worst loss of the season.


THE GOOD

Courtney Lee

The former Rocket had 17 points in 23 minutes, although a good chunk of his scoring came after Houston built a sizable lead. Still, the fact that he was making shots consistently is certainly something Boston will try to build on going forward.


Avery Bradley

He didn't have a great game (5-for-22, 11 points), but Bradley once again played with great energy and effort at both ends of the floor. Win or lose, Bradley is a guy that as the Celtics try to figure out who should stay and who should be tossed aside in their rebuilding efforts, Bradley continues to show that he's a keeper.

Jared Sullinger

Sullinger had 10 points and nine rebounds, and actually did a decent job defensively on Dwight Howard. But this was one of those nights where the Celtics needed a career-best kind of performance from Sullinger to have a shot at success.


THE BAD

Shot distribution

Avery Bradley took 22 shots. The rest of the Celtics starters took 29 combined. This is no way to compete, let alone win a game. Bradley is a player any team would love to have because of how hard he plays at both ends of the floor. But if he's leading your team in shot attempts, it probably means he's forcing a few because no one else has stepped up to contribute.


Jeff Green

It seems every game fans are beating up on Jeff Green, but when you have more talent than anyone on the roster and you go seven quarters without a single basket, you can expect some criticism to be hurled your way. Even with an extra day off between games, Green's shooting touch wasn't much better. On Monday, Green had just four points on 2-for-7 shooting.


Brad Stevens

He's clearly a good coach and the players for the most part seem to like him. But things are starting to unravel with this team before our very eyes. The one thing that they have been able to deliver this season is a brand of competitiveness that gave them a shot every night. Tuesday's loss was their fourth straight, but second in a row that they were beaten soundly. The challenge for Stevens now is to keep this group focused and energized by the big picture and not get too consumed with Tuesday night's loss.

THE UGLY

EVERYTHING

Boston's defense. Poor offensive execution. Struggles by the starters. No impact from the bench. Bad coaching decisions. This was by far the Celtics at their collective worst. But they don't have any time to feel sorry for themselves. They have an even tougher matchup on Wednesday against a well-rested Spurs team.