Recap: Brad Stevens leaves team as his Celtics fall to Bulls, 101-92

By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully 

If you tuned out of the Celtics taking on the Bulls midway through the second quarter, you’re not alone. It seems like the players did too.

Boston, without their head coach (more on that below), struggled in the final 2 and a half quarters shooting the ball as their once 10 point lead quickly disappeared.

In the third quarter the C’s committed zero turnovers, but only scored 16 points and were 7 for 32 shooting.

Despite all that, Boston had a chance to get back into the game, but the shots just didn’t find the bottom of the net.

Game Notes

  • Brad Stevens left the team and traveled to Indiana to visit one of his former Butler players, Andrew Smith, who is struggling in his battle with cancer. Smith was a part of the back-to-back NCAA National Championship appearances with Brad Stevens.
  • Unfortunately, Smith’s situation is not looking too promising and his wife has taken to Twitter to ask for prayers.

  • For Stevens, obviously this is the right decision. There are some things that are far more important than basketball.

  • Celtics Assistant Coach Jay Larranaga served as the teams the acting head coach and seemed to handle it pretty well despite the loss.

  • All of the Celtics starting give scored in double figures but most shoot a poor percentage.
  • Jared Sullinger had a double-double off the bench scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
  • Kelly Olynyk was aggresive on the offensive end in Chicago scoring 16 points and also had 9 rebounds.
  • Marcus Smart was all over the stat sheet displaying a line of 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. However he shot a poor 27% from the floor.
  • He did have this nice offensive board.

This was the Celtics first game of a three game road trip. They will head to Memphis on Sunday and wrap it up in New York to play the Knicks on Tuesday.


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