Originally written December 16, 2012 on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.:
The Celtics dropped their second straight game, falling to the San Antonio Spurs 103-88. It was the second of back to back games and although the Celtics hung with the Spurs in the first half, they played from behind for much of the game and clearly ran out of gas in the second half and that's when the Spurs took advantage and raced out to a double digit lead. Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, right, argues a call with an official during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) It was a tale of two halves. The first half ended with the Celtics trailing by just 3 points. Jason Terry, who was again in the sixth man role, had 17 points in the first half. But scored just 1 more point in the second half to finish with 18 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. For the spark he brought off the bench, JET won the Tommy Award. Paul Pierce also had a big first half, scoring 14 points on 6-9 shooting. But he too cooled off in the second half scoring just 4 more points and finishing with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Sully played 9 first half minutes and pulled down 6 rebounds. He played just 2 more minutes in the second half to finish with 2 points and 7 rebounds. The Celtics tied the game in the third quarter, only to have the Spurs go on a 3 shooting spree and run off an 11-0 run. The Celtics never recovered from that run. Chris Wilcox was again the first big off the bench and finished with 6 points and 1 rebound in 13 minutes. Lee once again started and finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Jeff Green had another decent game with 10 points and 3 rebounds. But the Celtics need more out of both of those players than just playing decently. Brandon Bass had a very quiet game with 2 points and 3 rebounds and the Celtics definitely need more out of their starting power forward. San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, drives between Boston Celtics' Chris Wilcox, center, Jeff Green (8) and Rajon Rondo, right, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) And then we come to Rondo. He seemed to be a step slow in this game, whether from jet lag or fatigue or whatever. Tony Parker outplayed him on both ends of the court, finishing with 22 points and 8 assists to just 6 points and 9 assists for Rondo. Rondo also had back to back 7 turnover games. We have come to expect more from Rondo in National TV games and against the top PG's and so a performance like this one is somewhat troubling. Both teams shot 46.9% from the field. Both teams pulled down 38 rebounds. Both teams had 38 points in the paint. However there were 3 areas that made the difference in this game. First, is turnovers. The Celtics turned the ball over 17 times to just 12 for the Spurs. Second is free throws. The Spurs shot 20 free throws to just 8 for the Celtics, a fact which dismayed Doc considerably. Finally, the Spurs shot 48% from beyond the arc to 37.5% from beyond the arc for the Celtics. The Celtics have 2 days off before taking on the Bulls in Chicago to finish this road trip. Hopefully they can get rested up and watch some film so that they can finish this game off with a win. [Discuss on CG Forums!]
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