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Celtics Hand Clippers win with 23 spins – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – You were probably pretty disappointed if you stayed up late to watch the Celtics finally win the non-German LA Clippers on Wednesday night. Your reward for late night is a few Boston comebacks, but lots of more nasty turns leading to a 114-111 loss.

And if you only stayed in the first half, you’d probably be surprised that the game even ended like that. Boston’s defense remained missing for the first 24 minutes of the contest, as Paul George-less Clippers dropped 63 points in the first half, nearly half of which came from dangerous situations. Los Angeles overtook Boston 39-23 in the second quarter, with Brandon Boston (who was in the G League last week) scoring 18 of his career-high 27 points in the bracket.

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The Celtics made some comebacks in the second half, cutting a 21-point deficit to five in the third quarter. They shortened it to a possession game in the final seconds, and won the ball back with a chance of a draw with 1.6 seconds remaining. But they never succeeded before the whistle blew, and walked off the floor with another disappointing loss.

Boston deserves some credit for the comeback, but make no mistake. They gave this game away. That was the theme of the evening, as Boston had 23 plays on Wednesday night, leading to 33 points for Los Angeles. Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams each got six gifts, while Marcus Smart got four. Eight out of 10 Boston players watching the floor have recorded revenue compared to the Clippers.

This is only the sixth time in the last decade the Celtics have sent the ball away 23 times, according to The Athletic’s Jay King. That’s not the way to win a basketball game, and that caused head coach Ime Udoka to shake his head in disgust after another defeat.

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“A lot of times they committed crimes themselves, throwing the ball everywhere. Aside from them trapping Jayson, it’s not anything based on pressure,” he said of LA’s defence. “We dug ourselves a hole to give them 33 points. It’s hard to come back after that.”

Boston’s comebacks in the second half were often derailed by flips or poor decisions. There are Clippers ADCs left open in the corner, and they usually take out the good looking ones. After Team C took five points with less than two minutes left in the third inning, Grant Williams hit a pass to no one and then partnered that mistake by deliberately fouling Eric Bledsoe despite LA is being rewarded. The Clippers closed in on goal 6-2, and led by nine men advanced to the fourth round.

After all, the Celtics had to overcome too much, and now they are only 1-3 in the West Coast game. Udoka didn’t want to criticize the team’s play in the second half, because he saw his team really playing in the third and fourth quarters. But their drive to start the game is undeniable for the freshman coach.

“Playing the way we did in the second half and not having that kind of effort in the second half, it’s disappointing,” he said. “It was a lack of consistency and effort, specifically in the second quarter. We didn’t have any support just giving them points. “

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The 13-13 Celtics will now look to salvage the last game of the trip, but it won’t be an easy task. The final game of the trip meets the Sun 20-4 on Friday night.

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/12/09/celtics-23-turnovers-clippers-ime-udoka-jayson-tatum-nba/ Celtics Hand Clippers win with 23 spins – CBS Boston

JOE HERNANDEZ

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