The Boston Celtics have now lost three-straight games after a brutal 118-95 dismantling by the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.
It was an 18-0 second quarter run that gave way to the Raptors taking a 66-45 lead into the second half. During the run, Kyrie Irving was on the bench. And Brad Stevens waited to finally put him back into the game. Of course, it was rookie Robert Williams who ended the run after converting on a put-back underneath the basket as the shot clock expired. It was Boston’s first basket in nearly five minutes. In the second quarter, the Celtics were outscored 36-13 and committed eight turnovers. As a team, the Celtics only scored four baskets. Boston ended the first half with 10 turnovers.
Boston’s woes were not just on the offensive end where they were throwing the ball away and could not convert shots. The team looked completely out of sync on both ends of the court, leaving the Raptors wide open and giving up offensive rebounds that led to extra points. By the end of the third quarter, the Celtics were down 95-68.
This game was just an overall disaster from start to finish for the Celtics. Coming off a bad loss on Saturday against the Chicago Bulls, you would think that Boston would have some fire under them, but that just was not the case. Every player on the Celtics aside from Semi Ojeleye (+6), Guerschon Yabusele (0) and Daniel Theis (0) finished with a negative plus/minus, with Marcus Smart having the worst with a -25. The Raptors led by as many as 31 points and scored 29 points in the paint, compared to Boston’s nine points.
Marcus Morris led the team in scoring with 17 points, while Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum each tallied 11 apiece and Jaylen Brown had 10. Irving finished with just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting. Pascal Siakam led all scorers with 25 points and Kawhi Leonard finished with 21 points. As a team, Toronto shot 48.9 percent from the field, while Boston only shot 38.4 percent and just 20 percent from three-point range.
It was poor execution from the top to bottom for the Celtics, who look to bounce back in the second game of a back-to-back at home against the Portland Trail Blazers, who currently sit at No. 4 in the Western Conference.
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