Should it be a concern the Boston Celtics' starters played heavy minutes on the court while the Brooklyn Nets rested their starting five, and Brooklyn still won the game by the score of 97-96 on Tuesday, October 16?
The Nets played without MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, and Deron Williams and still came away with the win while opting to start bench players and giving heavy minutes to fringe players fighting to make the team. Boston coach Doc Rivers gave big minutes to his starters and his stronger bench players guaranteed a spot on the final roster and still could not muster up enough points for a win.
Should this be a concern moving forward after suffering a blowout loss to the Philadelphia 76ers the night prior, or should we continue with the mantra that preseason games mean nothing?
Brooklyn was led by Andray Blatche who scored 23 points, nine rebounds, and an assist while shooting 8-12 from the field and 7-9 from the line. Blatche played just 25 minute in the game. Off the bench, Mirza Teletovic added 18 points and four rebounds in 25 minutes. With all due respect to both players, this should not happen, yet it did.
It is not as if Boston played poorly, the Nets' bench simply played a stronger game. Paul Pierce led the Celtics' scoring with 29 points and Rajon Rondo logged 11 assists. Boston even went on a 20-4 run in the third quarter. The game ultimately came down to the Celtics crumbling in the fourth quarter with Kevin Garnett and Pierce on the bench. Boston was outscored 23-13 in the fourth.
I would like to believe there is nothing to worry about and all will be right with the world come October 30 when the Celtics face the Miami Heat in the season opener. The fact they were beat by 32 points on Monday and lost to reserves on Tuesday does not sit well, preseason or not. The team must get better.
The Celtics will travel to Brooklyn on Thursday for a preseason "rematch." I would really like to see them step up and perform like the dominant team they should be. Unfortunately that has yet to be seen this preseason and I am worried it may not appear for a while.
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