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Just A Loss - Nothing To Worry About

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)

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5 Comments

Reply B-PAUL
1:53 AM on March 10, 2010 
I think there becomes a time when we have to begin to worry why this team is HAVING to fight back against teams they should be beating. This stretch right here is HUGE and a perfect opportunity to gain some games on the other competing teams in the East.
Reply GreenBanner18
8:23 AM on March 10, 2010 
The way this season has gone has prepped us to over react to games like last night. Suddenly the C's lose to the 5th ranked team in the east on the road by 2 points and there are problems. The issue last night was simply poor shooting and bad rhythm in the offensive game.
I have been bothered by losses in the past but a 86-84 loss in Milwaukee is not one of them. The C's aren't going to go undefeated for the rest of the season. The Bucks are 34-29 not 18-42. I think we could all agree if Pierce shot the ball better, and Rondo fed Ray, the Celtics would have won by 6+. If thats all the team has to worry about coming out of this loss... thats nothing.
If you are expecting more.. then you are expecting the team to hold the Bucks to under 80 points, which is asking too much.
Reply GreenBanner18
8:46 AM on March 10, 2010 
Everyone needs to take it easy. Sit back in a Laz-e-Boy for the day and calm down. Now as I read the web, suddenly the Celtics should hope to not play the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs. I have never seen so much negativity come from such a simple loss.
Reply B-PAUL
12:14 AM on March 11, 2010 
I was worried last night and am even more worried now. It is clear to me that this team has no fight and that showed tonight. You can say over reacting all you want but when you are losing games to teams far less superior to you, there is a problem.
Reply GreenBanner18
8:35 PM on March 11, 2010 
The game against Memphis is simply a "see I told you so" game. Should the Celtics beat the Bucks? Yes. On most days the C's would beat the Bucks. The issue with that game, however was not fight but instead shot selection, and ability to make shots. As a fan you can't be upset with that. That type of stuff happens. The game against Memphis was much different, and looked much more like games against the Nets and 76ers and everyone else.