Celtics waste Jayson Tatum’s huge night time, snap profitable streak: 8 takeaways vs. Hornets


The Celtics had plenty of causes to lose, however didn’t capitalize on alternatives to win.

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Boston Celtics ahead Jayson Tatum shoots the ball below stress from Charlotte Hornets heart Mark Williams. AP Picture/Erik Verduzco

The Celtics blew an 18-point lead and dropped a 121-118 additional time loss to a foul Hornets workforce on Monday, which snapped a six-game profitable streak.

Listed here are the takeaways.

1. The Celtics had been enjoying their third highway sport in 4 nights and the second sport of a back-to-back, and so they seemed like each mile of their four-game highway journey. Jayson Tatum scored 45 factors, and Payton Pritchard was wonderful with 21 factors, however the Celtics’ protection couldn’t cease LaMelo Ball or Mark Williams (who appears to be like like a keeper for the Hornets). In the meantime, Kristaps Porzingis was inefficient, and each Jaylen Brown and Sam Hauser had nightmarish evenings from the ground.

The Celtics are going to lose some dangerous video games this season, and Monday’s was a chief contender given the highway journey and the schedule. Presumably, that didn’t make the flight again to Boston any simpler, however sleeping in their very own beds would possibly assist the gamers a bit.

2. The Celtics most likely ought to have had a number of further seconds to execute up a play within the closing seconds of the additional time interval, since an excessive amount of time clearly appeared to return off the clock, and the officers opted not verify the replay.

The choice to not verify the replay was considerably mystifying, since officers are by no means shy about delaying the sport and going to the screens. There may be, in fact, no assure the Celtics would have scored with the additional time, however they most likely ought to have had a possibility to take action (the additional seconds would have been the distinction between having to catch and shoot instantly and having the ability to take a few dribbles first). The referees primarily assured one other spherical of dialog about officiating when the Final Two Minutes report drops on Tuesday.

3. Jaylen Brown had his second actually tough night time in a row from the sector. After going 5-for-16 towards the Grizzlies, he completed 5-for-17 towards the Hornets and missed all 5 of his 3-pointers, together with a questionable 2-for-1 try in additional time that gave the Hornets the ball with an opportunity to take the lead. Miles Bridges canned a triple (extra on that in a minute), and the Celtics spent the ultimate seconds of the sport attempting to claw again.

Brown has had an up-and-down begin to the yr, and the top of the highway journey was a valley.

4. Even nonetheless, the Celtics had an opportunity to tie when Tatum caught a go and elevated for a 3-pointer with Gordon Hayward trailing him too intently. Hayward bought caught in Tatum’s touchdown area and gave up a foul, however Tatum went 2-for-3 on the free throw line, which arrange the weird clock sequence above.

As a workforce, the Celtics had been 18-for-28 (64.3 p.c) from the free-throw line. In an additional time sport that the Celtics misplaced by three, these missed free throws loom massive.

5. The Celtics had been 16-for-50 from behind the arc (32 p.c). In the event you subtract the 12 makes in 23 makes an attempt by Tatum and Pritchard, the Celtics shot slightly below 15 p.c, 4-for-27 from three.

The three-pointers will proceed to fly (and they need to), however the Celtics might want to hope that Monday’s efficiency was an aberration as a result of schedule and never a return to the streaky taking pictures that bought them in bother at instances final yr.

6. Jrue Vacation completed with seven turnovers. Whereas Vacation has been a rock-solid defender and a internet constructive on the offensive finish, Bucks followers warned that he typically has moments that go away followers shaking their heads. Sadly for the Celtics, Monday’s sport was filled with them.

7. You’re right here for basketball, so we began with basketball, however let’s take a fast second as we shut to notice that a part of the explanation the Celtics misplaced was due to Miles Bridges, who hit a 3-pointer that gave the Hornets a three-point lead in additional time that the Celtics couldn’t overcome.

Bridges is in his third sport again after serving a 30-game suspension. Previous to his return, he told reporters that if he helps the Hornets get extra wins “individuals’s views will change.”

Monday’s sport confirmed that he is perhaps proper.

In 2022, Bridges pleaded no contest to a felony home violence cost towards the mom of his kids. She detailed a horrific account of abuse on Instagram, writing that Bridges concussed her, broke her nostril, and strangled her till she handed out. She could also be effectively conscious of how discourse on the web works, as a result of she additionally offered medical documentation of her accidents in addition to images of her bruised face. The images are tough to take a look at. Her account of the incident is tough to learn. The video of their son recounting to a 3rd occasion how “daddy choked mommy” is heartbreaking. There are newer allegations that Bridges and a girlfriend threatened her and threw billiards balls at her automobile whereas the previous couple’s kids had been inside it as effectively.

All of that’s to query whether or not Bridges deserves to have public perspective shift. It’s additionally most likely value contemplating whether or not the Hornets ought to have given extra thought to creating him a part of an NBA workforce once more, however that ship, it appears, has sailed.

8. The Celtics will tackle Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard and the new-look Bucks for the primary time this season on Wednesday as they return to TD Backyard. The sport ideas off at 7:30 p.m.