Good, Bad & The Ugly: Better effort in loss

Good, Bad & The Ugly: Better effort in loss
November 20, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Now that's better.

The outcome wasn't what the Celtics wanted, but there won't be any complaints about the team's effort in their 104-93 loss to San Antonio Spurs.

San Antonio (10-1) came in with the best record in the NBA and had their hands full against the Celtics before pulling away in the fourth quarter for their eighth straight victory.

Indeed, it was a much-improved performance for the Celtics but far from flawless. That said, here we'll highlight the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the loss, which extends Boston's losing streak to a season-high five in a row.


THE GOOD

Jared Sullinger

Making his first start of the season, Sullinger was hands-down the Celtics best player on Wednesday. He scored 19 points to go with a career-high 17 rebounds. Other than the first minute of the game, Sullinger did a solid job defensively on future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan (13 points, 3-for-13 shooting) as well.

Jeff Green

He started scoring early, which seemed to put him in a good rhythm both offensively and defensively. Green, who was 2-for-13 shooting in Boston's two previous games, finished with 19 points for the Celtics on 7-for-14 shooting.

Avery Bradley

Teams continue to go under on pick-and-rolls and Bradley continues to make them pay. He had 19 points to go with three rebounds and two assists.

THE BAD

3-point shooting

Boston hasn't exactly been making it rain from 3-point range this year, but Wednesday was a bad night shooting it by anyone's standards: 4-for-15 on 3s.


THE UGLY

Points off turnovers

Because San Antonio does such a great job of getting back defensively, they don't give up many points off turnovers. On Wednesday, the Spurs dominated this category to the tune of 22-4.