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Poor Defensive Effort Costs Celtics In Loss to Thunder

The Celtics allowed the Oklahoma City Thunder to shoot 58% from the field in a 94-82 loss Wednesday evening. Oklahoma City’s electrifying effort was led by explosive 2nd year point guard, Russel Westbrook. The Celts couldn’t find an answer for Westbrook, who finished the game with 26 points and five assists.

For the second day in a row, the Summer Celtics were led by J.R. Giddens. Giddens finished with 16 points; Bill Walker added 12 points and five rebounds while guard Chris Lofton showed off his shooting stroke, scoring 15 on 4 of 5 shooting from outside.

Turnovers really hurt the C’s in this contest as the Thunder scored 34 points off 18 Celtics’ turnovers. The team’s biggest culprit was their leader. Giddens turned the ball over a whopping 6 times; this coming a day after he dished out six assists while only turning the ball over once.

The big men were another big reason (no pun intended) the Celtics lost this contest. The four Celtics’ big men combined for 21 points and 11 rebounds, and were continuously beat to the basket, recording just one block. Robert Swift, a supposed “defensive specialist,” failed to record a single block for the second time despite averaging 26 minutes a game.

Michael Sweetney, who is trying to make an NBA comeback, sat out of action for the second straight game.

The Celtics will play their fourth of five games Thursday night at 7 against Indiana.

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