A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

[0:00:18] ... the WEEI Celtics post game yes easily won 21 to 97 to. Atlanta Hawks down in Atlanta. They're on national television it was their time to shine. And they really did not show up whatsoever. So let's say it's their worst loss of the season a bunch of people said that after the loss for the nets on Sunday whatever it is the Celtics are not on a good run right now. They really had no answer defensively for anyone entrepreneur out there were particularly Paul Millsap. Who finished the game with 25 points on ten of fourteen shooting. Not a simple Lucia. Finished seventh three. For fifteen points Kyle Korver first three for three from downtown and Celtics actually got lucky because on two of his three point attempts is actually. His ...
[0:02:07] ... Smart being out of that injury. Because it creates two problems one Isiah Thomas has to be the primary ball Hitler and he's in the game. And we saw him be really effective when he was ...

We knew Marcus Smart was key to the Celtics‘ success. We just didn’t know he was this key.

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

We knew Marcus Smart was key to the Celtics‘ success. We just didn’t know he was this key.

The Celtics entered Tuesday night’s game ranked fourth in points allowed per 100 possessions (96.6) and should be demoted 10 spots just for their effort in a 121-97 loss to the Hawks. This comes two nights after the Celtics (7-7) allowed 111 points in a loss to the lowly Nets.

After an R.J. Hunter jumper cut Atlanta’s lead to six two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Hawks outscored the C’s by a 38-20 margin on 14-of-18 shooting (77.8 percent) down the stretch.

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 25 points, but the Hawks (10-6) countered with seven players in double figures, led by Paul Millsap’s 25 points and nine rebounds. If the playoffs started today, the Celtics would be on the outside looking in. They are as close to the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference as they are to the eighth seed, and Smart won’t be back for at least a week.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

STUD OF THE NIGHT: Avery Bradley.

Bradley single-handedly kept the Celtics in the first half, shooting 8-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from distance. The rest of them shot 32.4 percent (11-34 FG) in the opening two quarters. Bradley scored 19 of the C’s 48 first-half points, keeping what should’ve been a blowout by halftime to a single-digit deficit (9).

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk had as many combined personal fouls (2) and turnovers (1) as he did rebounds (2) and field (1) in 16 minutes of action. If he’s not providing offense, he’s not providing much of anything. The supposed floor-stretching 7-footer missed his only 3-point attempt.

VINE OF THE NIGHT: In the first of seven national TV appearances for the Celtics, we were treated to a rare mic’d up session with coach Brad Stevens. #keepgrinding

WHINE OF THE NIGHT: More R.J. Hunter, please. I know it’s early to be sold on a rookie, but I think I’m sold on this rookie already. Every time he’s on the court, Hunter seems to make a positive impact in limited minutes. With Marcus Smart sidelined, Hunter made the most of his increased playing time, scoring in double digits for the first time in NBA career — in his return to Atlanta, no less. The question is where the Georgia State product’s minutes would come from when Smart returns. Maybe Evan Turner? STAT OF THE NIGHT: 67.5. That was Atlanta’s true shooting percentage on the night. Essentially, the entire Hawks roster shot like Stephen Curry against the Celtics’ defense. Atlanta made half of their 24 attempts from 3-point range and 19 of their 22 free throws. Outside of the third quarter — the lone frame in which the C’s showed signs of life — the Hawks shot 61.7 percent. And when Atlanta finally missed a shot, they pounded the offensive glass and found Kyle Korver for a wide-open shot. @ OF THE NIGHT:

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Ben Rohrbach
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets

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What a difference 48 hours makes.

What a difference 48 hours makes.

After crushing the Nets at TD Garden on Friday, the Celtics suffered what may end up being their worst defeat of the season, 111-101 at Brooklyn (3-11). Considering the C’s (7-6) own the Nets‘ first-round pick, the loss is twice as tough to swallow.

The Celtics closed the third quarter on an 18-6 run, trimming a Nets lead as large as 22 in the first half to single digits entering the final frame. The C’s pulled within four in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get over the hump. They never led.

The Celtics started sloppy. Ten of their 17 turnovers came in the first half, and they couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm until the third quarter. But Brooklyn held firm in the fourth, shooting 50.6 percent for the game and out-rebounding the C’s, 49-35.

Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas both scored 27 points to lead the Celtics. And Evan Turner added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Brook Lopez (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Thaddeus Young (11 points, 11 rebounds) each recorded a double-double for the Nets, who won for just the third time in 14 games this season.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on. STUD OF THE NIGHT: Avery Bradley.

Bradley scored nine points (all 3-pointers) during the 18-6, third-quarter run and was a reliable option whenever the Celtics needed buckets. He scored 27 points on 9-of-20 shooting, including 7-of-14 from distance. He added four rebounds and two steals.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Amir Johnson.

Johnson was a minus-17 on the night and didn’t provide the Celtics much of anything in 18 minutes of play. He scored two points and didn’t grab a single rebound. Celtics coach Brad Stevens turned to Tyler Zeller in the second half, and the backup center chipped in five points, an offensive rebound and one assist in seven minutes.


WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Marcus Smart’s health.

With Bradley in the starting lineup for the injured Marcus Smart (out 1-2 weeks), the Celtics’ bench missed its new sixth man. Aside Turner and Kelly Olynyk (eight points

While Marcus Smart is going to be out for 1-2 weeks, the Celtics’ bench really missed Avery Bradley tonight. Aside from Turner’s 13 and Kelly Olynyk (8 points), the Celtics didn’t get much production from their reserves. Stevens may be turning to Zeller more often if David Lee (0-for-3) has another scoreless outing.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 3-point shooting.

The Celtics’ 3-point shooting cut into Brooklyn’s 22-point lead and sparked a 14-2 run in the third quarter. The Celtics shot 37.8 percent on 14-of-37 shooting from behind the arc. They entered the game shooting 31.3 percent from distance, which ranked 22nd in the league, so Sunday’s 3-point effort was a welcome sign in an unwelcome outcome.


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Josue Pavon
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.

Celtics guards Marcus Smart and Evan Turner at New England Baptist Hospital underwent MRIs to evaluate meniscal damage following Friday night’s blowout win over the Nets, a source told WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia.

Smart left the 120-95 victory with 9:26 remaining in the fourth quarter and was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a bruised left knee. Turner played the final 16:07 of the win.

The results of the MRIs and extent of the damage to their knees is unknown. Medical personnel fear damage to Turner’s meniscus and poplitel tendon and a tibiofibular subluxation for Smart, according to the source.

Turner suffered a right knee strain during the preseason, but has not missed a game in a Celtics uniform, playing all 82 contests last season. Smart missed three games with a toe injury earlier this season and 15 games last year. The Celtics are not scheduled to practice on Saturday and are planning to leave for Sunday’s rematch with the Nets in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon.

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For the second consecutive game, the Celtics grabbed a big lead in the first half — the only difference this time, they were able to hold onto it.