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In an unbelievable turn of events, the Celtics have just lost their second game in a row, and their third loss in the last four games overall. For the second-straight game, the Celtics had a lead in the fourth quarter, but managed to lose the lead and the game in a 88-83 loss to the Wizards. Washington used a ridiculous 25-6 run to erase a 12-point fourth quarter deficit.
The Celtics right now are as flawed as they’ve ever been this season. Losing to the Bobcats and the Wizards twice in a 4-game span was not what the team had in mind when they entered the stretch. It’s definitely not panic mode yet with a gigantic Atlantic Division lead, but the Celtics need to get their act together to help avoid a catastrophic season collapse.
Personally, I feel the Celtics will rebound from this lousy stretch of basketball. Each night they lose, the overall theme seems to be that they need to get better at rebounding, especially on the defensive end. Second-chance points are the worst points to ever allow. They just shouldn’t happen as much as they do against the Celtics. In last night’s loss to the Wizards, the team’s rebounding numbers were even at 37 apiece, which is a positive sign.
Sadly, while the rebounding was good, the bench play was not so good. Eddie House shot 2-9 (1-6 from 3-pt land) coming off the bench. As a team, the C’s had just 13 bench points. YUCK! The Celtics could’ve used better play from House or Tony Allen (4 points), especially considering that point guard Rajon Rondo was comind off an injury.
The Wizards didnt do much better from their bench, but with four starters scoring 14 points or more, they had all they needed. Kevin Garnett led only three Celtics in double figures with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Paul Pierce added 18 points and Ray Allen scored 16 in the loss.
The big problem lately has been hes been poor shooting. Last night, as a team, the C’s shot just 41.9%. For a while the team was shooting in the mid-to-upper 40′s and life was good.
So in summation, the Celtics need to improve their defensive rebounding, shooting, and bench play and they’ll never lose again. I know I may be overreacting, but all this losing is definitely a hard pill to swallow. Let’s hope we don’t have to get used to this. To make matters worse, the Celtics will host the other hottest team in the NBA, the Portland Trailblazers, this Wednesday.