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Celtics put up a fight but the Thunder's balanced attack was too much to handle today.
If I had told you before the game that Boston would win the rebounding advantage (including 5 offensive boards by Bass!), hold Westbrook to 15 points, Durant to just 23, and the Thunder as a whole to just 91 points, you'd think we had a pretty good shot at winning the game right?
Turns out, not so much. Despite being down just 3 points at the end of the 3rd, the Celtics couldn't buy a bucket down the stretch and the Thunder pulled away for a comfortable 12 point win.
- Garnett chipped in with 11 rebounds but was ice cold in the second half, finishing with just 11 points. He was even getting good looks down low, but couldn't convert.
- A lot of Celtics were getting good looks but the shots just didn't fall. They shot just 38% from the field.
- For all the grief we give him, Brandon Bass really had an excellent game.
- Avery Bradley (as usual) played top notch defense, frustrating Russell Westbrook for much of the night.
- Jeff Green was off more than on, but managed to get his daily dunk in and chipped in 8 points.
- Terry too was off much of the game, but did hit back to back "hey we're not out of it yet" 3 pointers - much like we used to see out of a certain former shooting guard in years past.
- The Thunder got 11 more FT attempts than the Celtics but that's about what you'd expect at this point (C's are a jump shooting team and KD makes a living on the line).
We knew it would be a difficult matchup at best so there's no real surprise with the result. Would have preferred a better result, but not much you can do when the shots aren't finding the bottom of the net. Live by the jumper...
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