The Celtics made history against the Rockets on Saturday night, and not in a good way. There 1-25 performance (4%) from beyond the arc was the worst in the team’s 68 year history. Even worse, the C’s came within one miss of setting the NBA’s all-time record for consecutive misses from three.
As bad as that all sounds, I look at this loss as more of a fluke than anything else. The Celtics are not a bad three-point shooting team and they were able to create plenty of open shots, they just weren’t making them. Sometimes your shots are falling, and sometimes you have one of the worst shooting performances in NBA history. Despite the atrocious shooting, we only lost by 14. So had 4 or 5 of those threes fallen, this would have been a completely different ballgame.
The Celtics’ most effective player was Sully who finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Brandon Bass was solid and Tyler Zeller continues to show improvements.
After a stellar opening night, Kelly Olynyk struggled, especially on the defensive end. Kelly was on Terrence Jones most of the night, who cruised to an impressive 25 point, 10 rebound double-double. You can blame his shaky performance of foul trouble, as he was only able to log 16 minutes.
The refs were pretty bad. Seemed like there were multiple instances in which Celtics’ big men were called for fouls on what looked to be clean defense on Dwight Howard. Meanwhile, they allowed Howard to consistently elbow his way to the rim, which is the only way that he can score since he has absolutely no touch outside of five feet.