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Boston Celtics Allow 38 Points to Los Angeles Lakers Bench in Fourth Quarter in Lose

February 22nd, 2014 at 1:31 PM
By Sean Melia

The Boston Celtics looked good for three quarters against the Los Angeles on Friday night. Then, the vaunted Lakers bench took over and won the game for the lesser L.A. team. 

'Jeff Green' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Los Angeles Lakers starters played a total of zero minutes in the fourth quarter. Players like Jordan Farmar, Kent Bazemore, and Chris Kaman scored eight points each. Jordan Hill added four points, and a former Celtics bench warmer, MarShon Brooks, tallied ten points. Brooks was the catalyst. He had three steals and shot 5 of 7 from the field in the final 12 minutes. 

In what began as a white flag from Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni turned into a siege, a 38 point binge turned a 9 point deficit into a 9 point victory. 

The Celtics have now collected two straight losses since the All-Star Break, while also tallying no trades before Thursday's deadline. Previous to the deadline Danny Ainge admitted that the team as constructed was not a playoff team. So standing pat at the deadline pretty much means that Ainge is planning on a spot in the lottery this summer. 

Yes, this team is not very good. Yes, they have plenty of assets. Yes, Brad Stevens has proven he is capable of getting the most he possibly can out of his team. 

Now, the pressure rests completely on Danny Ainge's shoulders to move these puzzle pieces around and figure out what he wants to keep and what he wants to trade. He made the decision to make no trades. He believes this team, as constructed, will not make the playoffs.

Ainge will look like a genius if he can turn this around in the next 18-24 months. If he losses Rajon Rondo to free agency and guys like Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger do not grow into their roles that are required on a championship team, Ainge could be the one to blame for a long run in NBA purgatory. 

Tags: Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Chris Kaman, Danny Ainge, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Kent Bazemore, Los Angeles, MarShon Brooks, NBA, Rajon Rondo

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