a blog by Big Red
Dikembe Mutombo waves his finger court side last night, as the Celtics fell 89-72 to the Hawks. The Celtics now trail the Hawks 0-2 in the series. Lets's take a closer look at the game.
So last night was awful. The Celtics got off to yet another horrible start. At one point in the 1st quarter we were down 24-3. Pathetic. We were missing shots left and right, not to mention we were still taking bad looks. I don't know why the Celtics still don't understand that were not a 3 point shooting team. With the exception of Isaiah Thomas and maybe an occasional 3 when its wide open, we SHOULD NOT be shooting from downtown.
When we take smart shots, Celtics fans know how lethal this team can be. When we work the ball around the horn, and set good screens, I honestly don't know if there's a team that can compete with us. However, when we decide to play Hawks basketball, and run the floor and chuck up 3's theres no way we can win. Obviously, we knew Kyle Korver was not going have another bad shooting night, but I don't think the Celtics expected him to go off like he did in the 1st quarter. Without Avery Bradley, it will be tough for the Celtics to challenge all of Korver's shots, but we need to do a much better job than we did last night. Here's what Brad Stevens had to say about Korver.
Jae Crowder shot 1-9, one for fucking NINE. While Jae is not the best shooter, we know he's better than 1-9. Hopefully, the Celtics can bounce back in game 3. Myself and Iron Horse will be at game 3 in Heineken Boardroom (Slight Flex), so we really hope we are not disappointed.
My biggest and only problem with Brad Stevens is why he didn't play his rookies more in the regular season. We had two first round draft picks that barely saw any action this season. Not to mention Jordan Mickey who was a second round pick, and has shown he can play with the best in the D-league. Now in the biggest moment of the season, the Celtics are forced to play Rj Hunter and Terry Rozier. While I'm upset that they didn't play well last night, it's not their fault. You can't just throw a rookie into a playoff game, when they haven't played all year. There's a lot the Celtics need to work, on and hopefully the home court advantage will help them win games 3 and 4.
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