Pierce heroics not enough in Celtics loss to Hornets

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In the wake of a career night for Jeff Green against the Heat a few days prior Boston looked to set its sights back to its winning ways against the New Orleans Hornets on the road. After getting up by 13 and shooting an impressive 61% the Celtics seemed to be in control and poised to make quick work of this rather weak team. That wasn’t the case what so ever Boston managed to let this lead slip away in the 3rd quarter going into the 4th. Boston had some late heroics form Paul Pierce who at one point had a 8-0 run himself to get the Celtics back from being down 5 in the closing minutes. Boston’s Jeff Green again looked like he was going to have a great game notching 13 points in the first half and then didn’t score a single bucket in the second half disappearing when on a night his team needed him most. Down the stretch Pierce was key as so the captain has been as far as we can remember on this night notching 28 points who was 3-6 in the closing minutes knocking down a three pointer. Pierce’s heroics weren’t enough with seconds left down three Boston fouled New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson in the act of shooting a three pointer Anderson knocked down two giving Boston then missed on its last opportunity and gave the ball back to new Orleans with 7 seconds left on the clock and on a Eric Gordon layup Rookie Anthony Davis swooped in and tipped in the errant shot giving the Hornets a 2 point lead with just 0.3 left for Boston to get a shot which was unsuccessful. On a night where the bench decided to stay home with Jason terry going 0-5 and not scoring a single point the entire game and the Boston bench combining to go 5-26 that made it nearly impossible for the Celtics to even stay in the game let alone maintain they’re lead. Boston just could not finish at the end and was once again trumped on the boards 45-28, in New Orleans favor with 11 of them being offensive. Some say the rebounding isn’t an issue because the Celtics make such an emphasis on getting back that it’s not an issue. That’s far from the case the fact is that the Celtics are an awful rebounding team period. What makes it worse is that the thought that has been instilled in this team is that its ok to get beat to the glass as long as you get back. Boston’s struggles always can be traced back to its rebounding. Rebounding is 20% skill and 80% effort and the Celtics show 0 efforts on the glass top to bottom. Until the Celtics put more emphasis on the glasswork they will continue to struggle especially against good teams and obviously against bad teams as we seen tonight.  Notable performances for the Celtics tonight Paul Pierce continues to bring his game to the plate ending the night with 28 points 5 assists and 2 rebounds and tonight Paul pierce cracked a few milestones as well Pierce hit his 1.800th three pointer moving him 10 shy of Chauncey Billups for 5th all-time in NBA three point field goals mad list.  Also Pierce reached 40,000 minutes played all time tonight. As well a solid performance for Kevin Garnett after returning from missing two games from his strained abductor and the flu, Garnett chipped in 20 points 6 rebounds 3 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes which is a good sign for Celtics fans who were worried of Garnett’s injury. Boston has Thursday off and heads to Dallas to start probably the toughest stretch of basketball left in the season heading to face the Dallas Mavericks on Friday then heading out that night to face the always tough Memphis Grizzlies on the next night and then a night off and then facing off against Atlantic leading and potential playoff opponent New York Knicks Boston has its work cut out here and we can only hope the Celtics can retain that hot play and great focus that catapulted them to a neck and neck battle for eastern conference seeding.

Adam Rioux – Multi Sport Contributor – TitleTown Sports

Co-Host of “The Jungle” at TitleTown Sports Radio Network

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