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Celtics Fall to 4-5

Will that be the last time we see the 2013-2014 Celtics at the .500 mark? Boston’s four-game win steak snapped to Charlotte after a respectable comeback was halted at 89-83. Despite another strong performance from Jordan Crawford, the Celtics failed to generate the offensive surge necessary to bridge an early lead for the Bobcats whom shot just 36% from the field. As outside shots failed to drop, Stevens proceeded to isolate Jeff Green, using him in post-up situations and drives to the rim. While Green racked up 19 points, he was just 1-5 from three and managed only one rebound. The difference for the Bobcats was Big Al Jefferson as the former Celtic had his way with Boston’s posts to the tune of a 22-11 double double. One has to wonder how this game would have ended if Brad Stevens could have utilized Jared Sullinger against Jefferson. MRI results for Sullinger following his collision with Orlando’s Mo Harkless revealed a bruised bone which shouldn’t keep Sullinger out past today or Friday. Overall, this was an ugly, ugly game of basketball that the Celtics never led in. With 26 combined turnovers and both teams shooting in the high 30 percentile, there wasn’t much poetry in the motion between these two teams.

Next up for the Celtics is a home match up against Portland followed by a tough three-game road trip against a surging Minnesota, Houston, and San Antonio. If I’m able to sneak out of class, I should be present for the game in San Antonio.

I’ll leave you with an interesting tidbit: the Celtics currently have two players in the Eastern Conference’s top ten for Player Efficiency Rating: Jared Sullinger (22.56) and Jordan Crawford (22.18).

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