Good, bad, & ugly: C's ready to go home

Good, bad, & ugly: C's ready to go home
February 25, 2014, 12:00 am
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The final game on West coast trips have a way of bringing out the worst in teams, something the Boston Celtics can attest to being true after a 110-98 loss at the hands of the Jazz.

Boston, losers in all four of their games out West, fell behind by as many as 18 points in the second half on Monday but mounted an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter to cut Utah's lead to 93-83 with 7:17 to play.

The Celtics inched a little closer following a lay-up by Jerryd Bayless that made it a single digit game (103-94) with a little more than three minutes to play.

But too many breakdowns defensively once again did the Celtics in as Boston (19-39) lost its fifth straight game along with extending their struggles on the road against Western Conference teams to 18 straight defeats dating back to last season.

"We just haven't done enough to win," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens, recounting close losses recently to a slew of Western Conference teams. "That bothers me. That's kind of the difference between good teams and not so good teams; being able to get it done when it's on the line. The 58 games are done. I want to see what we can do over the next 24 to see if we can get better and improve. It's not going to get any easier."

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Monday's loss.

The Good

Kelly Olynyk

Olynyk was one of the few Celtics who played with a relatively high energy level most of the game. He finished with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, in addition to eight rebounds and four assists.

Jerryd Bayless

Bayless did a nice job of balancing his strength (shot-making) with running the Celtics' offense. He finished with 13 points off the bench on 6-for-11 shooting.

The Bad

Brandon Bass

He has been such a consistent, steady force offensively most of this season that he was bound to have a stinker of a game at some point. Monday was one of those nights as Bass finished with eight points on 2-for-11 shooting from the field.

The Ugly

Celtics team defense

It was about as shoddy as we've seen the Celtics defense play in a while. At the half, Utah led Boston by just five points despite shooting 60 percent from the field and 66.7 percent on 3s. And remember, the Jazz have ranked among the NBA's bottom five in just about every statistical category on offense. For the game, Boston allowed the Jazz to shoot 55 percent from the field.