Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 12/27/12
Clippers' mid-to-long range shooting and Jamal Crawford's penetration were too much to handle as Celtics lost the first game of the California trip. It was simply painful to watch: we couldn't control the tempo, we couldn't defend... It was a richly deserved loss. When the TNT broadcast switched to our game from Mavs-Thunder, I probably had a brief heart attack. A score of 6-18 was not the most pleasant to see. However, we managed to stop Clippers offense as they scored 6 points in the final 4 minutes after putting up 24 in the first 8. Garnett's fadeaway clutch shot cut the lead to 10 by the end of Q1. Q2 started at an unsustainably fast pace, yet Doc went with the flow instead of taking a timeout until Clippers did so. With 22 points scored in just 4 minutes, we saw Clippers' lead go down to 4 and then up to 10 again. This quarter was also frustrating because every potential momentum change towards us was hindered by a 3-point basket by Matt Barnes, of all players. However, one ...
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