Sunday, December 2, 2012
What The Buck?!? Celtics Blow 17-Point Lead, Lose To Milwaukee: 88-91
The Celtics came out in attack mode from the outset, much as they did during last night's game against Portland. Racing out to an easy 17-0 first-quarter lead that seemed to say, "Hey, Bucks fans...if you order your food now, you can pick it up on the way home and be watching movies on the couch by halftime!"
Unfortunately for the C's, Milwaukee posted a 36-point second quarter (the Celtics scored just 21) and essentially allowed a game to break out in the middle of a runaway. As the old saying goes, "if you give your opponent life, they may wind up taking yours."
Ultimately, the Celtics allowed the Bucks to believe that they could win, and so, they did.
It's too bad, too, because some great performances by many of the C's stepping up in the absence of Rajon Rondo, who was serving out the final day of his two-day suspension, were lost in the shuffle.
Swiss-army knife Paul Pierce led all scorers with 19 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and one block, but missed one of the final two attempts made from deep in Threeland to try and tie the game following Jennings' huge trey.
Center Jason Collins came off the bench for 13 minutes and 5 rebounds -- almost mirroring Jared Sullenger's output for the game. In an unusually low-key night, Sully demonstrated a heretofore unseen skill playing shot-blocker and registering 3 swats for the game to go with 5 rebounds and 2 points.
Playing on the second night of back-to-back games, the two teams battled to a virtual standstill on rebounds, leaving the Celtics with a rare edge on the boards -- 43-42.
The C's now drop to 9-8 on the season and are headed home to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. The bright spot? The return of Rajon Rondo, who will be embarking upon a new streak of consecutive games played without an ejection (joking, of course!).
Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
@ Boston Garden