Good, Bad, Ugly: Can't dwell on the past

Good, Bad, Ugly: Can't dwell on the past
January 3, 2014, 11:15 pm
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BOSTON — Stay in the moment.

It's the only way the Boston Celtics will avoid going insane over what has been a woeful recent past, and a potentially crippling future.

Friday's 95-92 loss to New Orleans was their third in a row, and sixth in their last seven games.

On the horizon is a West Coast trip against some of the league's best teams, like Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers and Sunday's matchup against the top team out West, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

That's why a number of Celtics aren't looking at what they've done or the daunting path of playoff-caliber teams on the horizon.

"You can't dwell on the past," said Boston's Gerald Wallace. "We just (have) to try to figure out what's the problem and move forward."

And Avery Bradley, who had a team-high 22 points on Friday, isn't giving too much thought to Friday's loss or the ones before it.

"All we can do is continue to focus on the next game and continue to stay positive," Bradley said.

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Friday night's action.

The Good

Brandon Bass

Bass was one of the few solid performers for Boston at both ends of the floor. He finished with 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting, to go with 11 rebounds and one blocked shot.

Kris Humphries

He didn't shoot the ball particularly well (hardly anyone in a Celtics uni did on Friday), but continues to be a major factor on the boards for Boston. He led the Celtics with 12 rebounds which was his third straight game with double digit rebounds.

The Bad

Bench production

You don't expect them to dominate the scoring matchup most nights, but to get outscored 52-20 is the kind of scoring deficit that few starting units are able to overcome.

The Ugly

Fourth quarter shooting

Ultimately this was the Celtics' undoing against the Pelicans. New Orleans' length certainly played a role in Boston's shooting woes, but even wide open or lightly contested shot attempts were rimming in and out. The end result was a 4-for-26 shooting (15.4 percent) performance in the fourth which included a stretch in which they missed 11 consecutive shots but only trailed by two points when a Brandon Bass broke the 0-for-shooting stretch with a jumper that tied the game at 83.