In their 105-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics played their worst fourth quarter of the 2014 NBA season. The Hawks outscored the C’s by 15 points in the final frame, helping Atlanta win a crucial game in their run for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Point guard Jeff Teague led the fourth quarter push, and finished with 19 points and eight assists. Six Hawks scored in double figures, including all five starters. Heck, even Elton Brand finished with a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds). Here is more about the Celtic’s ninth-straight loss:
- It is refreshing to see Rajon Rondo look like himself. There are some nights where he doesn’t have that same burst, but last night was not one of them. The captain finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists against a tricky backcourt in Atlanta. Next season should be one of Rondo’s best, hopefully with a better supporting cast surrounding him.
- Avery Bradley had his best offensive game in quite some time, nailing all four of his three-point attempts, scoring 24. I love Bradley as long as he isn’t sitting out games with a minor nick here and there. When he and Rondo play together, the team tends to play better, but even with Rondo missing a large amount of time due to his knee injury, it is Bradley who is the worse offender missing games in each of his professional seasons.
- No one wants the season to end more than Jeff Green. He has only been able to muster up mediocre performances in the last month, and looks demoralized in most games. We know that few players get into their head more than Green can but at some point, the Celtics need to pull the plug on the Green era, or ask him to take a large pay cut. He has the tools to be a 2nd or 3rd guy on a really good basketball team, but he seems to be the only one who doesn’t know it.
- Why did Kelly Olynyk only play 15 minutes? He was great on the defensive boards and wasn’t the same liability he normally is on the defensive end. I don’t see much of a reason why he isn’t playing 28 minutes a game.