|Posted by GreenBanner18 on March 10, 2010 at 12:37 AM|
CELTICS 84 BUCKS 86
The Celtics could have won this game, but the mid to late 4th quarter run by the Bucks was too much to overcome. The C's got down by 7 with 2:42 minutes to remaining, and from there on out got into a good defensive set each time down the floor and really forced the Bucks into taking some difficult shots. Milwaukee didn't score in those last 2:42, but neither really could the Celtics.
With 3.9 seconds on the game clock, Paul Pierce caught the inbounds pass and got in position to shoot his patented fade away jumper. The shot looked good while watching it on TV, but proved to be just off. As bad as it started looking arond 3 min left in the game, I can accept the team fought back yet again, and even had a chance to win, or send it into overtme.
The Bucks are a very solid team. They are a good team with a great center, upcoming punk of a point guard, and a couple of decent shooters. I really am not all that bummed by the outcome of this game. The Celtics are going to lose some games, and if they are going to this was set up perfectly for them to. Milwaukee is on a roll with winning games, and really wanted to use this game to prove to themselves how good they were. Therefore, I think this game meant a little more to the Bucks. Plus they have got a good crowd and that is a tough building to play in. It may only be half full, but the half that are in there love their team, and really have their back.
We have always said the defense can keep the Celtics in the game on any given tonight. The defense did that tonight, with poor nights from some key players. Paul Pierce finished with only 12 points on 3-13 shooting. Since the Bobcats game, he hasn't been able to get back in the groove. His mid range is off, and in and around the rim he is struggling a little to finish. Ray Allen also only had 3 points, but I can't throw that blame on him as he only got 3 shot attempts. More on that in an upcoming post. Finally, Perkins really let us down. He was not playing good defense on Bogut all night, and he kept forcing up shots that were far out of his game.
Again, on a night in which a lot went wrong, the Celtics had a chance to win the game in the end. I will take it. They didn't play with "zero emotion" and this game did in no way shape or form remind me of the way the Celtics were playing earlier this season. It was quite simply-- just a loss. They get back at it tonight when they host the Grizzlies at the TD Garden at 7:30 PM ET.
(Photo Via AP at NBAYahooSports)