The Celtics’ historic offensive pace to start the season was bound to hit a speed bump at some point. A trip to California has shown they’re human.
Two nights after the Warriors humbled them under a national spotlight, the Celtics’ offensive woes continued on a frustrating night in Los Angeles. Their worst shooting night of the season led to an all-around uninspiring effort, as the Celtics were beaten in nearly every facet of the game in a 113-93 loss to the Clippers on Monday night.
The Celtics took the league by storm by cruising to a 21-5 start to the season, but even the best are prone to off nights. They’ve fallen back to earth emphatically with back-to-back duds, with Monday’s loss to the Clippers marking the first time this season they’ve lost two consecutive games in regulation.
Jaylen Brown had just 21 points and Jayson Tatum scored only 20 points on 7-for-20 shooting – his second straight poor offensive performance – as the Celtics looked stagnant offensively again. Their 3-point shooting was atrocious – a trend in their seven losses this season – as they finished 9-for-39 (23.1%), their worst mark of the year, and they scored a season-low 93 points, which was the first time since Game 6 of last season’s NBA Finals they were held under 100 points.