The Celtics have played solid defense for much of the year but tonight they ran into a very good offensive team that had a very good night. The Portland Trail Blazers are third in the league in Offensive Rating (points per 100 pos.) and they showed why tonight. Note: If you are curious, the Celtics are 22nd. Portland had 5 guys in double figures and 4 of them had over 15 points. There was just no slowing them down tonight.
Speaking of not slowing down, Jared Sullinger's former career high was 16 points. Tonight he posted 26 and single handedly kept the Celtics within shouting distance for much of the 2nd half.
LaMarcus Aldridge was the star of the game with 27 points and 12 rebounds. He was the body blows and the 3 pointers from Batum were the haymakers.
Jeff Green had moments of aggressiveness and finished with 14 points.
Crawford had 11 points but nobody else managed double figures.
Phil Pressey gave us some good energy, but committed two straight ugly turnovers before getting yanked. Chalk it up to rookie yips I guess.
There was a MarShon Brooks sighting, but it was borderline garbage time. I think Stevens just wanted to see if he could give us some quick points. He only managed one shot, which he missed.
Damian Lillard's 212 career 3-pointers are the most by any NBA player in his first 100 games. Tonight is only Lillard's 91st game.— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) November 16, 2013
Next up: The Wolves, Rockets, Spurs (back to back), and Pacers. Ouchy.