Well… that sucked. Following Friday night’s ass-kicking of Portland, I just knew – in my heart of hearts – the Celtics were ripe for a letdown loss in Milwaukee. And they didn’t disappoint. Bucks win, 91-88.
The Green: The Celtics raced out to a 17-0 lead and led 27-11 at the end of the first quarter. They nearly doubled Milwaukee’s shooting percentage and forced 7 turnovers. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there. Jeff Green had 18 points on 8-11 FG. If it wasn’t for Green’s abuse of Jeremy Lamb in the 2nd quarter, the Celtics might have been blown out. And despite playing with Nike Air Cinder Blocks (props to Mr Triple Double for the line) Paul Pierce managed to drop 10 of his 19 points (6 assists, 5 rebounds) in the 4th quarter.
The Gross: The Celtics allowed 36 points in the second quarter. The high water mark for the season.
Grosser: We saw the worst of Leandro Barbosa tonight; 0 points, 0-4 FG, minus 11 in 13 minutes. That stat line doesn’t do him justice. He was awful.