The undermanned Celtics couldn’t overcome their injuries to pull out a win against a tough Utah Jazz team. The offense never got going for Boston as they finished with just 94 points.
Indicative of that low output was the pedestrian (by his standards) 18 points that Tatum was held to. Brad Stevens decided to hold him to just 33 minutes due to his heavy usage over the last month or so.
Marcus Smart tried his best to carry the load, finishing with 29 points (and roughly that same number of bumps, bruises, and groin shots along the way). Nights like this it would be great to have guys like Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward to turn to.
For the Jazz, Mike Conley looked a bit like his old self, leading the way with 25 points. Rudy Gobert had 3 blocked shots and had a little to do with the Celtics lack of scoring. Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 17 points off the bench.
The Celtics were within shouting distance in the 4th but couldn’t get enough stops to make up for their overall lack of buckets.
On to the next one vs. OKC.