I was going to call this one, "Celtics Get Their Liberty Bells Rung By Sixers Despite Wild Comeback," but I wasn't so wild about this comeback and that would have been putting it kindly.
The C's played from behind the entire game, trailing 57-45 by the half and 83-74 after the third quarter. Though the green would stage a furious rally and come within four in the fourth quarter, ultimately, the clock ran out before they climbed their way to daylight from the hole they'd dug themselves for most of the game.
Certified Celtic-killers Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Dorell Wright (and even Nick Young!) did pretty much as they pleased, scoring 76 points (nice co-inkydink, don't you agree?) of the team's 106 final total.
I can almost cut and paste the results from the first four games with respect the C's top performers - Paul Pierce led the team with 24 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. KG scored 19 and pulled down 10 boards, two steals and two assists, while Rondo kept his double-digit assist streak alive, dishing a monstrous 20 dimes to go with 14 points and 2 steals. The only other Celtic in double figures was Jason Terry, who scored 13 on 5 for 7 shooting and seems to be rounding into form in the last couple of games.
Not to sound like a broken record here, folks, but this thing is going to take some time. The effort is mostly there most nights, but everyone still has work to do to get on the same defensive and offensive page. But, I'm still confident that this is a great team in the making.
Unfortunately, the C's have a very short window to turn it around before facing their next quality opponent - a confident Milwaukee Bucks team that will draw upon the shellacking that they gave the boys from Boston last week.
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Saturday, November 10th