Good, Bad, Ugly: Celtics give lifeless performance

Good, Bad, Ugly: Celtics give lifeless performance
April 5, 2014, 12:00 am
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BOSTON — Getting blown out on the road by the playoff-bound Washington Wizards, that's one thing.

But getting beat at home by the lowly Philadelphia Sixers 111-102 who outworked, out-performed and most significantly, outplayed the Celtics is definitely a concern heading into these final days of the season.

The Celtics (23-53) look like a team that's well aware that their season is all but over, and are responding to it by simply giving in to the inevitable fate that losing teams all have to come to grips with at some point.

"That may be the case," said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. "I hope that's not the case. I said in there, 'I'm going to swing, swing hard until 10:00 or 10:30 on April 16th, our last game, and I want whoever's going to swing ... let's go. Let us play. Let's get after it.'"

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly as Boston's losing streak is now extended to seven in a row.

The Good

Rajon Rondo

He came through with his first triple-double of the season, scoring 11 points to go with a game-high 16 assists and 11 rebounds.

Brandon Bass

It was a strong night on the boards for Bass who tallied his fifth double-double of the season, with 12 points and 11 rebounds (six offensive boards).

The Bad

Defense

Once again, Boston had trouble keeping players in front of them or more importantly, from getting to the rim. The Sixers had a clear lane to the basket far too often which ended up giving them a decisive 54-38 advantage on points in the paint.

The Ugly

The outcome

Boston has had their share of disappointing losses, but this has to rank among the worst we've seen this season. For the second time in as many games, the Celtics showed little life or energy from the start and sadly, it continued to play out as the night went on. There's no shame in losing in the NBA. But to a team that has been as historically bad as the Sixers have, to lose to them at home? Unacceptable.