First the good news:
- Vitor Faverani ladies and gentlemen. Vitor Faverani! 12 points, 18 rebounds(!), 6 of which were offensive, and 6 big blocks. Good golly we've got ourselves a player here.
- Brandon Bass played very well once again with 17 points and 9 boards. Great start of the season for him so far.
- Jeff Green hit the boards as well with 9 (though I thought someone mentioned that he had 10 - not sure about that box score).
- When the Celtics got out and ran on the break, they were magnificent.
Then the 2nd half happened.
- Tommy said it, this team can't compete for very long in a half court game.
- Turnovers again hurt this team - including a key late game possession where Gerald Wallace was stripped.
- Remember when we'd get frustrated at Paul Pierce when he would do something predictable at the end of a game? Well, at least he was capable of doing SOMEthing in that situation. Currently we don't have anyone that can step into that closer role.
- That's the kind of game where Rondo would have made a big difference.
- For those scoring at home, Humphries, Pressey, and Brooks were all DNP-CD's.
Make all the jokes you want about "the tanking plan worked!" Losing isn't fun. We'll have to live with it, but I never want to "get used to it."
I wanted them to get this win in their home opener to give Coach Stevens his first win in front of Bill Russell. It wasn't meant to be though.