The Boston Celtics (14-14) were totally humbled by the Los Angeles Clippers (23-6) last night. In the first of three West Coast road games the Celtics lost by 29 points, being beaten 106-77. Going into the contest everyone know it would be an uphill battle but most, including myself, did not expect such a massive blowout. Boston was outscored in every quarter, with the worst deficit occurring in the fourth as the Green put up just 10 points and the Clippers tossed in 24.
Bad Night Shooting
Boston had a bad night shooting as the Green hit just 40.3% from the floor while the Clippers were good 48.2% of the time. And although the Celtics made 86.6% of their free throws, they only went to the charity stripe a total of 15 times. That gave then 13 points. Compare that output to that of the Clippers who hit just 50% from the free throw line but had 24 attempts giving them 12 points. That was just one less than Boston. Another big difference came from three-point land where Los Angeles made 40% of its 30 attempts for 36 points. The Celts managed just 18 points from downtown.
Best D in the League
The Clippers came to the court with the best defense in the NBA. They have been allowing an average of around 91 points. Of course last night they allowed even less. The big scorer for Boston was Kevin Garnett with 16 points; he was followed by Paul Pierce who had 12, while Rondo and Terry put in 10 each. Rondo had only 6 assists.
Once again Chris Paul had a tough time against the Green. He offered 8 points and 3 rebounds. Paul did notch 11 assists. Small forward Matt Barnes came off the bench and scored 21 points and Jamal Crawford, also a reserve, offered 17. At power forward Blake Griffin hit for 15 points and grabbed 8 rebbies.
Next up for the .500 Celtics are the Golden State Warriors (20-10). That will be played late Saturday. I expect our Green will be challenged once again as they struggle without a go-to big man and deal with their depleted roster. Unfortunately, it looks like things are going to get worse for the Cs before they get better. Let’s hope they can keep it close and steal a “W” tonight.