The Boston Celtics lost to the New York Knicks 109-94 on Monday night.
Jaylen Brown was out of the game for personal reasons after two games where the whole lineup were in, which has not happened often this season for the Celtics. Although, Brown is expected to return in the game against the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Derrick White started at shooting guard in his place.
Malcolm Brogdon lead the Green with 22 points off the bench and Marcus Smart had 19 in the loss.
With this loss the Celtics lost their status on the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference and the Milwaukee Bucks took over that spot with the NBA-Best 14 game winning streak.
The Celtics wanted revenge against the Knicks after their last matchup together when the C’s lost to the Knicks in overtime on January 26.
Here’s why the Celtics lost this game.
Boston Celtics were awful beyond the ark
The Celtics were 9/42 from the three-point line in the loss. The Celtics had the best three-point percentage in the league after the all-star break, but they were off for this game.
The struggles started in the first half, when they only went 2 of19 on 3-pointers. Al Horford started the game with a three, but the Celtics would miss 17 straight three-pointers in the 1st Half.
The Celtics were somewhat better on threes when they went 7 of 23, but it still was bad enough for them to continue to lose the game.
Al Horford was the best three-point shooter for the C’s in the loss when he made three three-pointers which contributed to his 13 points on the night. Brogdon and Smart were the only other ones that had 2 three-pointers on the night.
Perhaps the worst three-point shooter of the night was Derrick White, who went 0/5 and went 4 of11 in field goals for 13 points.
Jayson Tatum had an off night and got ejected in Celtics loss
Fresh off a game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, Tatum had an off night for his production level.
Tatum only had 14 points tonight, while shooting 6 of18 (33 percent) and 1 of 9 three-point shooting. He only had one free throw attempt and made that one. Tatum is in his third straight game with under 41 percent shooting percentage, without Brown this wasn’t going to cut it.
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However, he lead the Celtics in assists with 9 and tied with Robert Williams III with the team-lead in rebounding with 7.
Tatum also had to be ejected late in the 4th quarter after getting two technical fouls. Tatum had felt that he was fouled on a shot, and after Josh Hart hit a three-pointer for the Knicks, Tatum had been ejected. This was Tatum’s first ejection in a regular season game in his career, although he had been ejected in a preseason game.
Here’s Tatum’s reaction to the ejection.
The C’s will travel back to TD Garden for a three-game homestand where they’ll face the Cavs, Nets and then the Knicks again on Sunday night.