A thorough butt-whuppin is no way to start a vacation.
In the first of their five straight road games, The Celtics (9-8) lost 110-91 to the (9-8) Orlando Magic. After keeping it close in the first half, the C’s fell apart in the second, as the Magic dominated the paint, especially the offensive glass. Led by Victor Oladipo (19 points 8 rebounds 6 assists) Tobias Harris (15 pts 10 rebs) and Nioka Vucevic (18 pts and 10 rebs), Orlando scored 26 second chance points and 52 points in the paint. Despite a better effort from the Celtics in the 4th quarter, the 17-point deficit proved to be unsurmountable.
The Celtics shot a respectable 41% from the field, but missed a number of easy lay-ups and made only 5 of 27 from downtown. Isaiah Thomas (20 points), Avery Bradley (17), Jae Crowder (12) , and David Lee (11) all scored in double figures. Rookie Terry Rozier played well in the 4th quarter, playing physical defense and notching 7 points.
Luckily for the Celtics, they have no time to dwell on the loss, as Monday night the team will travel to Miami to play the Heat.
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STUD OF THE NIGHT: Victor Oladipo
Before the season, many pundits predicted that Oladipo was ready to make “the jump.” Despite coming off the bench, Oladipo was easily the best player on the floor. Every time entered the game, he was aggressive, explosive, and virtually impossible to guard. Oladipo finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.
DUD OF THE NIGHT: Evan Turner
There are good Evan Turner nights and there are bad Evan Turner nights. This was one of the bad ones. Surpringsingly, Turner did not finish with a turnover, it merely FELT like he did. ET finished with only 2 points on 1 of 7 shooting.
VINE OF THE NIGHT : ET MIXTAPE
WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Jimmy Buckets
James Young told reporters before the game that he was unavailable to play in Friday night’s blowout against the Wizards due to a sore shoulder. Young said he hurt the shoulder after sleeping on it incorrectly the night before. James, as the 15th man on this roster, if Coach Stevens tries to put you in the game, you head to scorers table. No matter comes to you and wants to give you minutes, you answer the call. No matter how mildly uncomfortable your shoulder feels.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Celtics Assists
The Celtics recorded assists on 28 of their 36 total field goals (78%). That is an astonishingly high percentage. Heading into the game, the C’s were 6-2 when they assisted on 60% or more of their shots. Tonight the team was no so lucky.
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