Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 11/18/14
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Well, this one got ugly real early and never got prettier.Remember when we said that young teams, like the 2013-14 Celtics, will lose some games this season? There will be games like these when the team lacks the effort, and the lack of a consistent scoring punch will hurt more often than it won’t. The C’s shot 32% from the field tonight, with Avery Bradley (who had to take the shots as no one else will) going 5 for 22, despite some consistently good defense on James Harden. But it was not Harden who exploded tonight.THE GOODProps to Jared Sullinger for working hard to defend Dwight Howard, who I still maintain looks nothing like his dominant self from two years ago. That Dwight has no stopper on this current Celtics roster, but it also was not Dwight who outworked the Celtics tonight. Courtney Lee was kinda sorta efficient, and Avery Bradley did have a couple of steals on the Beard. But this was not a fun night for the Celtics, particularly for Brad Stevens.THE BADCan I just say it was a bad game and move on? There were so many things to point out: how the Celtics allowed so many fastbreak points, and points inside the paint. I said earlier that the team does lack badly needed rim protection, and only Vitor Faverani has any semblance of shot blocking capability, and we can’t depend on a rookie learning the ropes in the league to be the defensive anchor right away. (Should we bring Fab Melo back? HA! Of course not.)I mean, at one point, it was Celtics 8, Rockets 26. Any good defensive team will not allow its opponent to score more than 30 points in a quarter. Elite defensive teams hold their opponents under 20 in a quarter. But the Celtics’ defensive schemes (and shortcomings) are a subject for another day.I’m not going to even talk about Jeff Green’s uneven performance. At this point, he is what he is – a solid player, but not a superstar-level guy. And I’m fine with that. I’m not giving him a pass by any means, but I am not bashing him either. I’m just accepting what he is. TURNING POINTNewly inserted into the starting lineup, Terrence Jones led all scorers with 24 point on 10 for 12 shooting. With Houston having such a balanced attack, it was tough to find a real turning point, but when the lead swelled in the first quarter, the C’s could not fight back with a scoring punch of their own and was done for the rest of the night.ODDS AND ENDS·         Coach Brad Stevens called the first half “one of the worst halves of basketball” in his short NBA coaching career, but just as Stevens is a process-oriented coach, he will be more upset about the lack of fight in the team tonight rather than the final score. It’s just one of the growing pains of a young team in the NBA, and the experience of fighting back an opposing scoring run will come in handy in the future. (Future. We will hear that word a lot this season.)·         You just know there’s a Gerald Wallace tirade coming. I can hear it now.OUTLOOKNo time to rest for these Celtics, as they remain in Texas to battle the always good San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night, then go back home to face the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics just matched their longest losing streak of the young season (4 straight losses) and it is an uphill battle to end that streak against two of the toughest teams on the schedule.[Discuss on CG Forums!]
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