By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
Friday’s win over the Washington Wizards is looking increasingly like the outlier in the past week for the Celtics.
Outside of that game this team has had an identity loss. Defense has dulled and their ball handling has been sloppy. All of that was on display tonight in the 110-91 loss to the Magic in Orlando.
Boston hung around the the first quarter only down by 1, but then it was all Orlando the rest of the way. Brad Steven’s crew particularly had trouble with Andrew Nicholson (14 points and 8 rebounds) and Victor Oladipo (19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists) coming off the bench. The Magic also owned the Celtics in the rebounding game grabbing 20 more boards (54-34) on the night.
Offensively, The Celtics simply had one of those nights where the ball just didn’t find the bottom of the net and the Magic had the opposite night shooting 48.4% from the floor, but that was mostly on the Boston defense.
What makes the Celtics a good basketball team is their ability to play hard, smart and relentlessly. However, on those night where they don’t play with all that, they are not very good.
- Positioning and finding the right rotation is a clear problem with the Celtics finding an identity.
- Terry Rozier was a bright spot looking sharp on the defense end and had 7 points (3-5 shooting) and 3 rebounds.
- Defensive Jared Sullinger was the other bright spot recording three steals and three blocks. He also had 11 rebounds.
- Offensive Jared Sullinger (1-7 shooting for 3 points) … not so bright.
- David Lee had a solid game off the bench scoring 15 points on 5-6 shooting.
- Evan Turner (2 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds) had a night he’d probably want to forget. Especially this play.
This is the first night of a 5 game road trip where the C’s will be tested facing the Heat, Kings, Spurs and Pelicans.