|Posted by GreenBanner18 on March 22, 2010 at 11:59 PM|
CELTICS 97 JAZZ 110
Tonights game started out great. It looked like the previous 2 games had run right into this game. The C's got out on top in a hurry, and it looked as though there would be no turning back. After Nate Robinson and Ray Allen found their range from deep, the Celtics found themselves up 12, and ready to run away with it.
Not so fast. A slight let down in defense, and yet another tough time on the offensive boards got the Jazz back to within 5 by halftime. At that time I tweeted, "Sucks for the Celtics to play that well and only be up 5 but I am confident in the teams ability to keep it up". I was confident. They were still playing like they were going to win the game, even though it went from a Celtics blow out win, to a close game.
Well my confidence was shattered when in the 2nd half, it became very clear the teams legs were gone. They were struggling to run Utah off the three point line, which killed them. Okur went nuts in the 2nd half, and CJ Miles followed him up. The Jazz got their confidence, and it got ugly in a hurry. Lack of defense, and limited ability to keep up with the fresh legs of the Jazz ultimately let the team down. They would start to come back on offense, but just couldn't find it in them to continue the runs.
This loss was certainly tough to swallow, but has no impression on where this team is going. Sure, it softens the 2 big wins in Houston and Dallas, as we would have loved to sweep this 3 game set. But, it wasn't meant to be. The team was getting sliced up on the defensive end and had no real offensive threat of their own. It is a tough loss, but just a simple loss nonetheless. Denver is a good home statement win for the team to go out and grab on Wednesday. It should definitely be a good one.
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