Jones’ 3-Point Play: Celtics Start Strong, Fall Apart Against Pistons
BOSTON (CBS) – Adam Jones recaps the Celtics 107-106 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday night with his 3-point play.
The Celtics got off to a great start in the first quarter, but couldn’t hold on in the end as they fall to 12-15 on the season.
“We got outplayed for 36 minutes,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said after the game. “And in a 48-minute game, that’s usually a bad sign.”
Here are Jones’ three points from the loss:
1. Celtics Fast Start
The Celtics had their best quarter of the season in the first, scoring 42 points and shooting 70 percent from the floor.
Gerald Wallace capped off the frame with a beautiful inbound pass that Jared Sullinger was able to tip in with just 00.2 second on the clock, putting Boston up by 19 points.
2. Bad Finish By C’s
After their strong start, the Celtics fell apart. Detroit chipped away at the lead and tied it at 75-75 in the third, and then took as much as a seven point lead in the fourth. It was a back-and-forth final few minutes, and the Celtics had a chance to win it at the end after a Brandon Jennings three-pointer put the Pistons up 107-105 with 46 seconds to go.
But Brandon Bass dribbled out the clock on Boston’s last possession, forcing Brad Stevens to call a timeout with five seconds left, and Jeff Green missed a layup at the buzzer as the C’s fell 107-106.
“It was a wildly frustrating last possession,” said Jones. “Even the last play, I’m not putting Bass dribbling out the shot clock on Stevens, but it hadn’t exactly been Jeff Green’s night — maybe you want to see a better look at the hoop to finish that game, as the Celtics fall by a point.”
3. Asik Trade Rumors
The Celtics took the court with trade rumors swirling around the team. The C’s and Rockets are reportedly engaged in talks for center Omer Asik, with Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and a first-round pick head to Houston for the seven-footer.
Houston would like to get a deal done by Thursday, so they could flip any part of the trade at the deadline.
“Houston has a self-imposed deadline because any of the assets they get from Boston or anywhere else, they want to have the flexibility to flip it at the trade deadline. You have to be on a roster for 60 days,” explained Jones. “Likewise, if the Celtics get Asik, they can flip him at the deadline. So there is an important lining up; if the Celtics don’t go on the run they project or he doesn’t make the difference they project, they can always turn around and flip him at the deadline.”
“I think that’s an interesting wrinkle,” said Jones “It’s an intriguing name and an intriguing asset.”
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