Good, Bad, Ugly: Bucks snap skid, down C's

Good, Bad, Ugly: Bucks snap skid, down C's
November 30, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Jared Sullinger grabs a rebound against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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It's going to be one of those seasons where you literally have no idea which Boston Celtics team will show up.

Will it be the one that hung with the Miami Heat earlier this month and beat them with an end-of-the-game buzzer beater?

Or will it be the team that was beat 92-85 by the lowly Milwaukee Bucks in large part because they went away from the game plan that seemed to work early in the game.

Boston opened the game with a 27-19 lead after the first quarter, benefiting heavily from inside scoring and solid defense.

The second quarter was a different story as the Celtics wound up trailing by as many as eight points for several reasons.

For starters, Boston went away from playing inside-out basketball. In addition, the Bucks' shooters got it going and just like that, Boston found itself in a dog fight against a team desperate for a win - Milwaukee had lost its previous 11 games -  that would ultimately prove to be too much for the Celtics to bounce back from and get the win.

"It's the ups and downs of the league," said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly as the Boston lost to the Bucks for the second time in as many matchups this season.

THE GOOD

Jared Sullinger

Sullinger continues to be Boston's best player for the Celtics, tallying a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. While his 3-point shooting (1-for-5) on Friday left a lot to be desired, he continues to display the kind of inside-out game that the Celtics will continue to need from him as they go forward with the franchise's rebuilding efforts.

THE BAD

Perimeter defense

This is usually the one constant that the Celtics bring to the floor every night. That wasn't the case on Friday as the Bucks shot 47.1 percent from 3-point range which included a perfect 4-for-4 on 3s in the pivotal second quarter.  Boston came into the game as the league's best against defending 3-pointers, limiting opponents to a league-low 31.3 percent.

THE UGLY

Second quarter issues

No one plays a perfect game, but the Celtics once again endured a killer quarter that in the end, would prove to be the difference. Boston was at its worst in the second quarter in every way imaginable. They not only could not defend the 3-point shot, but they also failed to make shots from long or short-range.