The Celtics Have Officially Reached Their Lowest Point Of The Season, Get Booed Off Court In Stunning Loss To Clippers
Things aren't looking good for the Celtics right now.
Two nights after blowing an 18-point lead to the Lakers, capped off by old friend Rajon Rondo's dramatic game-winner:
The Celtics were once again at TD Garden playing a team from LA; and things were going great for Boston, as they held a 28-point lead over the Clippers, 68-40, with just over four-and-a-half minutes remaining in the first half.
Amazingly enough, the Celtics ended up losing the game...
By double digits. The final score was 123-112 Clippers, as they outscored Boston 70-38 in the second half, and 42-26 in the fourth quarter.
Fans were pissed, and rightfully so:
You know that 68-40 lead I mentioned the Celtics had? Well, the exact moment they had that lead, Kyrie Irving suffered a right knee sprain, just two seconds before LA nailed a three to cut the lead to 25. Irving left the game shortly after that, and never returned. Here's the clip of Irving's injury:
LA outscored Boston 83-44 after Irving's injury that forced him out. And obviously, losing Irving wasn't an excuse for losing the game. You should be able to maintain a large lead when your best player goes down, because the rest of the team SHOULD be able to do so. They have the capability to do it. But they failed to last night.
Overall, an absolutely horrible loss. It's a loss that feels like rock bottom. You just hope that things can't possibly get any uglier than this, and that everyone on the team truly looks at himself in the mirror after a loss like that and says, "How can I fix this?"
All year, fans have been saying, "Oh, the Celtics will figure it out, be patient!" I've been one of those guys, believe me. And things really did look promising, as Boston had just won 10 of 11! Well, unfortunately, the last two games have seen them blow double-digit leads at home to pretty mediocre teams from LA, teams that are barely fighting for a playoff spot in the West. Not good. Pretty alarming in fact! It's a sign of dysfunction on the team. Something ain't right.