Last night the Celtics took a tough loss that they just shouldn’t have. As a team, they missed free throws, they couldn’t protect the rim and rebound when they needed to (what else is new), and ultimately, as a team, they fell to one of the worst rosters in the league. At the end of the season this very well could be a loss we look back on if they don’t end up locking up the 2 seed.
At first, I wasn’t mad at Isaiah. Stuff like that can happen. He’s a 90% shooter and made 10/11 free throws that night. Nothing out of the ordinary there. The percentages bare it out. Sometimes you just make a bad mistake and you lose. I can accept that. What I can’t accept, is not owning up to those mistakes, which Isaiah refused to do last night after the game. “We made a terrible turnover at the end. The basketball gods were on the other side tonight.”
I’m sorry, “We made a terrible turnover”? No no no, YOU, Isaiah, we’re the one who did that. He continued, “I thought Jae would get it out quicker than he would, I don’t know if he was looking to see if we had a timeout. I don't know what he was looking to do not saying it was his fault.” The next sentence might as well be “but it was his fault.” Isaiah, you let Chriss have the ball! You let him run up and take it because YOU weren’t aware of where people were on the court! YOU have to have better court awareness.
Isaiah, what you should have done was run up the fucking floor and get it on the run. What were you gonna do throw up at 75 foot shot? Furthermore, he says he doesn’t know what Jae was doing. What are you talking about Isaiah, he gave you the ball and you were the one that didn’t know what he was doing.
I mean seriously, what was that? What kind of a shot are you getting from there? Maybe Jae was just looking for someone to give it to who actually had a chance to MAKE A SHOT! What kind of a person does that to their own teammate? Ugly look by Isaiah. The second I heard the first part of his comment I was embarrassed for him. The basketball gods? The basketball gods…..
You turned the ball over.
Was it the basketball gods that picked the ball up or Marquese Chriss? I’m sorry, maybe you couldn’t see, I’m sure by that point you were already searching for a bus to throw your teammate under.
I don’t blame Isaiah for his mistake, I blame him for his comments. I can handle small mistakes that cost a game or even two. Jaylen made one against Chicago earlier in the year, and I’m fine with it. Isaiah’s mistakes, I’m fine with. What I’m not fine with, is a diva not owning up his own mistakes, and blaming other people for things that are his fault.
Things are trending down headed down the stretch here. It’s bad news for Isaiah if this trend continues, especially going into an offseason where the Celtics might be choosing between him, or one of Fultz or Ball… and if you think it’s an easy decision, go check Isaiah’s defensive rating one more time.
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