Good, Bad, Ugly: Celtics-Trail Blazers

Good, Bad, Ugly: Celtics-Trail Blazers
November 15, 2013, 11:15 pm
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BOSTON — And so the roller coaster ride better known as the Boston Celtics continues with a 109-96 loss to Portland on Friday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens has made no secret that the key for his team's success has to be them being locked in at both ends of the floor, most of the game.

But on Friday, there were too many breakdowns both mentally and physically, to be successful.

"We really had some good moments defensively, and then we let our guard down at the end of the first half," Stevens said.

With the score tied at 48 following a pair of free throws by Jared Sullinger, the Blazers closed out the second quarter with a 9-3 run to lead 57-51 at the half.

Boston came within two points (63-61) with about nine minutes to play in the third quarter, but could not inch any closer for the rest of the night.

It was yet another loss for the Celtics (4-6) that had a similar feel to their previous five which included Boston unable to make the necessary plays in the final few minutes to play to escape with the victory.

"We've got to get better in the first forty-two minutes, to give us a better chance to win it at the end," Stevens said. "We weren't good enough in that time frame."

And with that we have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from yet another Celtics loss which drops the Celtics to their worst 10-game start to the season since 2006-2007 season when that team also began with a 4-6 campaign.


Jared Sullinger

Having not played since Monday because of a bruised bone in his right knee, Sullinger looked like a refreshed man on Friday. The 6-foot-9 forward was an unstoppable offensive force for the Celtics, finishing with a career-high 26 points along with eight rebounds and two assists.



This was not one of the Celtics' finer moments in terms of assists, with only 17 of their 36 made baskets coming by way of an assist.  During their four-game winning streak, the Celtics averaged 23.3 assists per game. In the team's six losses, that number falls to just 14.8 assists per game.


3-point defense

The Blazers lived up to their lofty standing as one of the league's premier 3-point shooting teams in the NBA this season - even against a Celtics' 3-point defense that was among the league's best. Portland was 9-for-26 on 3s which included a solid 4-for-9 in the second half.