Good, Bad & The Ugly: As in lots of ugly

Good, Bad & The Ugly: As in lots of ugly
March 5, 2014, 11:30 pm
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BOSTON — The Celtics won the opening tip-off against Golden State which in hindsight, was about the only thing that went their way in a 108-88 loss to the Warriors.

It was a game in which the Celtics struggled in several categories, but none seemed to ignite the blowout more than Boston's 22 turnovers, which led to 24 points.

But it wasn't just the fact that the Warriors were converting Boston's miscues into baskets, but those points were coming almost immediately with fastbreak lay-ups and dunks.

Golden State opened with a 12-2 with half of those points coming off Boston turnovers.

"The starters really wanted to come out and set the tone and not give the Celtics team any life," said Warriors forward David Lee who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens didn't mince words when it came to describing what happened.

"Well the abbreviated version is they were really good and we weren’t," Stevens said. "Which is a bad combination when you’re playing a team of that talent level."

And while there was plenty of factors Stevens could have pointed to as contributing to the team's most lopsided loss a 26-point drubbing at New York on Jan. 28, the Celtics' turnovers stood out.

"You know, what hurt us more than maybe anything were the turnovers in the first half that led to dunks that get those guys going," Stevens said. "And once you get a team a couple of easy baskets that has that kind of talent, it's downhill from there because those guys start seeing the ball go in the hole, the hole gets bigger and bigger and bigger, and then you're in trouble."

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

The Good

Kelly Olynyk

The bench players got plenty of run on Wednesday as the game became more lopsided. No one made the most of this opportunity more than Olynk who had a team-high 19 points off the bench.


The Bad

Jeff Green

The fact that the Celtics' leading scorer had 4 points on 2-for-7 shooting is disappointing, but his problems defensively were actually worst than that. He allowed Golden State's Andre Iguodala to get out in transition in the first quarter for easy baskets which set the first of many Golden State runs into motion.

Jared Sullinger

He added to his team-leading double-double total with 11 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday, but Sullinger missed six of his seven shot attempts along with turning the ball over three times.

The Ugly

Team defense

The Celtics couldn't get stops around the basket, couldn't contest jumpers, couldn't get back in transition defensively, and maybe most important, couldn't do anything of note to give themselves even the slightest chance at victory.

Boston has had its share of stinkers this season. Still, this loss has to rank near the top in terms of disappointing, across-the-board performances for this team this season.