Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14

BOSTON — Only two games into the season, Celtics fans should know by now not to take Gerald Wallace‘s sky-is-falling comments to heart. In the immediate aftermath of defeat, the veteran forward is prone to calling his team “selfish” and other harsh-sounding adjectives that play big in headlines. But all Wallace’s knee-jerk remarks prove is that he conducts postgame interviews like he plays: at full speed and without much regard for how it will play out. Still, it cannot be encouraging that Wallace again went to the “s” word Friday after the Celtics blew a 22-point lead in a 105-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. “We got selfish,” Wallace said. “Instead of worrying about winning the ball game, we were more worried about our stats and getting points. It showed. We went from a team that was together and moving and playing together in the first half to a team that was five individuals out on the court, everyone playing for themselves, and it showed on the defensive end.” The Celtics led 63-47 at halftime in their home opener while dominating every facet of the game. They held the Bucks to 40 percent shooting in the first half, outrebounded them 28-19 and outscored them in the paint 42-26. Vitor Faverani was the first-half standout and finished the game with a gaudy stat line of 12 points, 18 rebounds and six blocked shots in his second career NBA game. Those winning attributes did not stick around for the second half, though. After momentarily stretching their lead to 22 points at the 7:00 mark in the third quarter, the Celtics were outscored 21-11 the remainder of the quarter. They just barely scored more points in quarters three and four combined — 35 — than the 34 points they scored in the second quarter alone. Wallace was at a loss to explain what happened. “I don’t have a clue,” he said. “You’ve got to ask everybody in here. I really don’t understand it. I’m trying to figure out what’s more important, winning or padding your stats. This was a game we were supposed to win easily, without even the starters playing the fourth quarter. Instead, we got selfish as a team. We didn’t move the ball, we let the ball stick instead of pushing the ball and their second unit came in and they handled us. We didn’t really know what to do.” Wallace could not be accused of padding his stats. He took just three shots in the first half and made all three, while dealing out a team-high three assists. (He finished with 14 points and four assists in the game.) And while Wallace was right about the Bucks’ second unit dominating the Celtics’ second unit with a 80-34 bench scoring advantage, it is tough to deduce who he felt was chasing individual numbers. Brandon Bass missed all four shots he took in the fourth quarter, including two heavily contested shots in crunchtime. But Bass also contributed 17 points and nine rebounds for the game, and the Celtics needed every one of those points and rebounds to build their large lead in the first place. Jeff Green took five shots in the fourth quarter and missed them all, but they were not shots he doesn’t normally take anyway. (Whether one believes those are good shots in the first place is another matter.) If anything, Green needed to be more assertive in getting the ball out of Bass’ hands and making sure the Celtics stuck with the things that got them that 22-point edge in the first place. “We can’t play like that,” Green said. “It all starts with me. I’ve got to take the initiative and stop it. Things like that, I can’t allow our team to go in that direction. I take responsibility for that and next game will be better.” In the early part of the season, it has been interesting to watch how each player reacts to losing. Wallace clearly gets defiant. Green was morose. Courtney Lee, who had one of his best games in memory as a Celtic with 13 points, was resolved. “It definitely snowballed today, but we need to stop it so it doesn’t continue to,” Lee said. “We’ve got to figure out why we’re going through that bad stretch. We got a sense of it [Friday]. The first half, we were running our offense and getting stops. Second half, we got away from that.” Selfish? No, it was not that straightforward. The Celtics have loads of shortcomings as a team, as any savvy observer predicted they would. An attitude adjustment may help the cause, but that alone will not solve the Celtics’ issues. Have a question for Ben Watanabe? Send it to him via Twitter at @BenjeeBallgame or send it here.Filed under: Ben Watanabe, Boston Celtics, Top Stories

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LeBron James lists his top three friends in the NBA

Reds to have in-stadium nursery

Izzo: MSU could win football, basketball titles in same year

Durant ‘would love to’ spend entire career with Thunder

Elementary school sportswriter has hot take on Cam Newton

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Romo was willing to take pay cut to keep DeMarco Murray

Marcus Mariota reportedly not planning to attend NFL draft

Alabama RB dismissed from team after marijuana arrest

Golden Tate: Departure of Suh won't pressure Lion's offense

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Team USA improves before meltdown in Swiss draw

'Zo on MJ: He would average almost 50 in today's NBA

Report: Las Vegas season ticket drive passes goal of 10,000

WATCH: Steph Curry drops Chris Paul with crossover

WATCH: Spoelstra gives nice shoutout to Craig Sager

WATCH: Drew Miller takes skate to the face

WATCH: Gronk describes his perfect wife

Reigning National Champions to boycott Final Four in Indiana

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

New development clears path for Rams relocation

WATCH: J.J. Watt sings about stadium food on 'New Girl'

Kings ready to shut down DeMarcus Cousins

Jameis Winston may skip NFL draft to be with grandmother

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Top 10 players in baseball

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Five coaches already on the hot seat

Can we envision the Hawks in the Finals?

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.