Everyone in the Garden last night had front row tickets to the very rare “D.J. Augustin Show.” In last night’s 107-102 loss, the Boston Celtics let the Chicago Bulls’ guard run wild. Augustin scored 33 points in a back-and-forth contest that saw very little defense from two team’s that pride themselves on their effort keeping opponents off the scoreboard. Joakim Noah is continuing his stretch as the best center in the NBA. He finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, and 13 assists, just missing another triple-double. Here are some more thoughts about last night’s loss:
- Any basketball fan has to love how Noah runs the fastbreak, both with and without the ball. He had a fantastic bounce pass in transition midway through the second quarter. It was a pass that many guards would struggle to make, and you could find some players much smaller than Noah who would never have the confidence to even attempt it. He should garner plenty of MVP consideration, hopefully finishing in the top four of the voting.
- The entire Celtics team looked pretty good tonight. Everyone played hard, and this was a great game to add to the loss column. It is one of those games that reminds us fans how good this team could be in the next two or three seasons, assuming the right moves are made. Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk are two exciting pieces that will either help this team on the court, or via a trade in the future.
- Having said all of that, the Celts need to add a rim protector of some kind. Whether it is a starter playing 33 minutes a night, or just a 20 minute a game player, there is currently no shot-blocking threat on this squad. They finished with one swat on the evening, and are among the worst in the league in that category so far this season. Somewhere Fab Melo is sitting there…still breaking folding chairs.
- No Chris Babb again tonight. Why do I even bother tuning in??!?!?!?