Celtics star slams own team in horror show
The Boston Celtics have crashed to another huge come-from behind loss at home and the fans are sick of it.
On Friday, the Celtics blew an 18-point lead with former star and now Lakers hero Rajon Rondo knocking down the first buzzer beating three-pointer of his career.
Today, the Celtics blew a bigger lead.
After flying out of the blocks, the Celtics led by 28 before the Clippers came back, eventually winning by 11.
The 123-112 scoreline was a shock with the scoreline the biggest deficit overcome since 2009, biggest lead the Celtics have blown since 2003 and the biggest comeback win in Clippers' history.
The 28-point lead came just before halftime and coincided with Kyrie Irving going down with a sprained knee after attempting a three-point block.
He sat out the rest of the match.
The Boston fans didn't appreciate the history, going from chanting "Beat L.A.!" to boos as the Celtics blew another big lead to another Los Angeles team.
Clipper coach Doc Rivers couldn't hide his pleasure.
"We didn't have it. We didn't have anything. To pull it out was special," he said. "We were taking notes already for the next game. That's how far we were out of it."
For the Celtics, not only was the scoreline a disaster, the locker room has become a war zone.
Veteran Celtics forward Marcus Morris slammed the locker room saying "it hasn't been fun in a long time".
"We're going to lose games, but we don't have no attitude, we don't have no toughness, we ain't having fun," Morris told reporters after the game. "It's going to be a long season."
"Trade deadline's over. This is the team we're rocking with, this is what we going with. So, at the end of the day man, it's unacceptable what we did tonight. It's very unacceptable for a team of our caliber.
"When I look around the league I see a bunch of guys getting up and cheering on the bench and playing for each other. When I look at us, I just see a bunch of individuals."
Morris wasn't the only one slamming the side with social media having a field day.
The Sacramento Kings even jumped in on the bandwagon, trolling the Celtics' performance on Twitter.
For the Clippers, Montrezl Harrell scored 21 points, forced two turnovers in the final two minutes, and Patrick Beverley hit a pair of 3-pointers in front of the Boston bench to help the Clippers pull away.
Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds and trade deadline acquisition Landry Shamet scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.
"I learned a lot in a really short time about this team," said Shamet, who came from the 76ers in the deal that sent Clippers leading scorer Tobias Harris to Philadelphia. "We played pretty well together for this being our first time as a group."
Gordon Hayward scored 19 points and Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier had 16 apiece for Boston.
The Celtics followed their highest-scoring half of the season with their lowest-scoring quarter, blowing a 28-point lead for the first time in 15 years.
"I guess it just kind of snowballs on you," Hayward said. "It's the NBA, man, it's how it works."
- with AP