I wasn’t expecting a blowout, but that’s what the Boston Celtics walked into last night in their 110-98 loss to the lowly Utah Jazz. The score was much closer than this game was, and the C’s just looked exhausted with the exception of Rajon Rondo, Kelly Olynyk, and Jeff Green. The C’s were down 17 in the fourth quarter at one point and let the likes of Alec Burks and Marvin Williams run all over them. I love this loss from a tanking standpoint, but it was one of the few times this season that it looked as though the Celtics couldn’t (or didn’t) try their hardest. This team has shown a lot of fight so far this year, so I don’t blame though for finishing out a west coast swing like this. Here are some more thoughts about last night’s game:
- You know a team is tired when they are letting Richard Jefferson do this…
- My great white hope Olynyk had his best game of the second half, and perhaps the season last night. In 28 minutes he had 21 points and eight boards, but in Olynyk fashion, didn’t really guard anyone. With Jared Sullinger still sidelined, I am hoping to see a bit more KO.
- Gerald Wallace was back to his old self last night. In 30 minutes of action he took a whopping two shots. He managed to hit both of them, because neither was outside of 15 feet. I would look up his plus/minus number on the season, but I am bit too afraid. I think his 0.47 win shares is scary enough.
- What is stopping the Celtics from buying out Joel Anthony? I don’t understand why they keep him on the roster. I still live in a world where the Miami Heat are our mortal enemies and don’t love the idea that we are giving a former member of that squad a paycheck. I know if the Celts buy him out they still have to pay him, but I just can’t watch him in Celtic green anymore.