Good, Bad, Ugly: It was a bad year on the road

Good, Bad, Ugly: It was a bad year on the road
April 14, 2014, 11:00 pm
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PHILADELPHIA — The Boston Celtics closed out their road schedule just the way it began - with a loss.

The latest defeat came at the hands of Philadelphia as the Sixers held on for a 113-108 win Monday night.

For the season, the Celtics finished with a 9-32 record away from the TD Garden. Boston's road record during an 82-game season hasn't been that bad since 1996-97 season when Boston, like many teams, was doing whatever it could to best position itself to land future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan. That year, the C's finished with a 4-37 road record.

But there's no Tim Duncan in this upcoming draft, and the Celtics haven't gone out of their way to be this bad.

They just are.

"The biggest thing for me, road and home should not be a factor from the standpoint of talking points," said coach Brad Stevens. "You have to prepare the same way. You have to compete the same. You're within 94 and 50 (feet), and then you have to make sure you focus on your task at hand."

Focus can be an issue at home as well.

"At home, you can get off track, too, because you get too caught up in the positive emotion," Stevens said. "You can lose your humility for a second and the other team can go on an 8-0 run. Here, you respond poorly to adversity they can go on an 8-0 run."

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from what will be the final road game -- a loss, of course -- of the season for the Celtics.

THE GOOD: Kelly Olynyk

The big games continue to pile up for Olynyk, who had a career-high 28 points. The 7-foot rookie had just tied his career high of 25 points on Saturday in Boston's 111-99 win at Cleveland.

THE BAD: Free-throw shooting

Neither team did themselves any favors by shooting so poorly from the free-throw line. For the game, Philadelphia shot 63.8 percent (24-for-38) and the Celtics, one of the league's better free-throw shooting teams, were not much better, connecting on 73.1 percent (19-for-26) of their shots from the line.

THE UGLY: Interior defense

During Danny Ainge's time as a color analyst during Monday's broadcast on Comcast SportsNet, he made mention of the fact that the Celtics could use a rim protector. And his players did their part in backing Ainge's words up with a porous showing around the basket defensively, which allowed the Sixers to score a ridiculous 64 points in the paint which nearly doubled the Celtics' output of 36.