“I thought we had this one,” said no one. Rockets 109 – Celtics 85

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It is so short and jumbled and jangled, Sam, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre.  Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again.  Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a massacre, and it always is, except for the birds.  And what do the birds say?  All there is to say about a massacre, things like “Poo-tee-weet?”

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Asked for his thoughts on his squad’s 109-85 loss to the Houston Rockets last night, Brad Stevens first replied, “I don’t have many of them.”

Which makes sense, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre.

Coach Stevens, however, forged on and conducted his customary post-game interview anyways, so I too will forge on for a recap (however short and jumbled and jangled) of the carnage that unfolded at the Toyota Center.

I have three (3) main thoughts.

  1. We built an incredible 22-point deficit in the first quarter of this game, and we only lost by 24.  On the one hand, this is, of course, unsurprising.  Teams don’t tend to sustain massive advantages throughout the course of a game, for any number of reasons (diminished PT for starters, complacency, etc.).  On the other hand, this was somewhat positive.  At the end of the day, mitigating factors aside, we held our own for three quarters!  But finally, on the other OTHER hand… I’m kind of bummed we didn’t “keep it up.”  Duplicate our first quarter “effort” for three more, and we lose by 88 (eighty-eight!).  Push it just a little and we could have lost by 100.  Now THERE’S a game you tell your kids about.  If you’re gonna lose, lose big?
  2. Danny Ainge is on record that he doesn’t see Jeff Green as a go-to guy, and I have to agree.  I love Jeff, and I think he can be a big part of our future success… but he’s just not wired like Paul Pierce.  And that’s OK.  What’s not OK, in my opinion, is Jeff Green taking 7 shots last night, after only launching 6 in the previous loss to the ‘Wolves.  On this team, Jeff should never, ever be taking fewer than 10 shots.  I don’t expect him to be a type-A, 25-shot-per-game dude, but, with the composition of this year’s Celtics, he’s being a bad teammate if he’s not mustering up the aggression to take 10+ shots every contest.  And frankly, it reflects poorly on Coach Stevens when he doesn’t, too.
  3. Poo-tee-weet?

And on that note… I’ll close with a clip of last night’s greatest moment: Rondo perusing a stat sheet on the pine (via @MrTrpleDouble10), because this season is increasingly made enjoyable by gallows humor.

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