On Friday, December 11th, the Boston Celtics pushed the Golden State Warriors to two overtimes in the Warriors’ most difficult game of the season. On Monday, December 14th, ESPN’s Marc Stein ranked the Celtics 6th in his NBA Basketball Power Rankings. Five days later, the Celtics find themselves amidst a three-game losing streaking.
After Boston’s 109-101 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, their third loss in as many games, Celtics forward Jae Crowder criticized his teammates and the attitude surrounding the team amidst their losing streak.
“I don’t think we are playing with the same type of swagger,” said Crowder. “We don’t show any passion, any excitement anymore. We have to get that back on.”
Crowder, on the one-year anniversary of his trade from Dallas to Boston, had a career high 24 points, but Boston was not able to hold off an Atlanta team that played hard and, as Crowder said, “wanted it more than we did.”
Isaiah Thomas played well with 29 points and six assists, but Jonas Jerebko struggled mightily as did forward David Lee who went 3-11 from the field.
While Boston kept the game close for three quarters, the Hawks finished on a 25-11 run that buried the Celtics.
The Celtics entered the game coming off a Wednesday night loss to the Pistons in which Jerebko hit three critical three-pointers, but then bricked a crucial layup late in the fourth quarter. Before that game, the Celtics dropped their match-up against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
The Celtics will look to stop their skid when they host old friend Kevin Garnett and the 10-16 Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.