Boston Celtics Come Up Short, Fall to Suns 79-71: A Fan’s Reaction

The woes for the Boston Celtics continue. The Celtics fell to the Phoenix Suns by the score of 79-71 on Friday, January 20. With the loss, Boston drops to 5-9 on the season while Phoenix improves to 6-9 on the year, having won their second straight game.

Coming into the game, the Celtics knew it was going to be a struggle without point guard Rajon Rondo who left late in the third quarter on Wednesday after a right wrist injury caused by a flagrant foul by Toronto Raptors' Linas Kleiza. Rondo remains day-to-day.

During the game, Rondo was definitely missed.

Ray Allen led the Celtics with 14 points, six rebounds, and 5 assists in a 4-8 effort from the field. Paul Pierce contributed 12 points, three rebounds and six assists, while Kevin Garnett added 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists to round out the performances by the "Big Three"

Off the bench, Brandon Bass led the reserves with 11 points and six rebounds. As a team the Celtics shot just .405 from the field.

For the Suns, Marcin Gorat led the team with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Steve Nash added 11 points, five rebounds and nine assists. Jared Dudley led the reserves with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Gorat was dominant from the get-go with 14 points and four rebounds by the end of the first quarter. Luckily the Celtics were able to contain him to just 10 more points for the remainder of the game.

What concerned me most after the game was the Celtics inability to control the game in Rondo's absence. The team should be able to play well without their starting point guard. They appeared to struggle running plays through both Pierce and Garnett. Perhaps it is a sign that there are deeper issues with the team than originally though.

I still want to believe the Celtics are one of the top teams in the NBA, but with each passing game, I feel the rebuilding effort needs to happen sooner rather than later. It's sad really, I thought there was at least one good year left with the current roster.

I refuse to give up hope this year's Celtics team will surprise me.

Boston will have a night of rest before they travel to take on the Washington Wizards on Sunday, January 22.

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Updated Saturday, Jan 21, 2012