The Celtics were outplayed and outworked for the large majority of the game. They turned the ball over 25 times and gave up 21 offensive rebounds, while their two stars weren’t so star-like.
Jaylen Brown went from having a career night in New York to having one of his worst performances as a Celtic. He finished with just nine points on 3-for-13 shooting and 0-for-77 from three. Jayson Tatum, after a rough opening night, put together a solid performance with 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
If the Celtics are to win games this season they will need their two all-star players to step up and play well on a consistent basis.
The only bright spot from the game came from Al Horford. The Boston center finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks. He was a consistent defensive presence but often times did not receive any help from the rest of the team on that end of the floor.
The Celtics are still a work in progress and need to figure things out soon or else they will fall behind in a strong Eastern Conference.
Boston will return to action on Sunday night versus Houston at 7 p.m. ET.
(Photo of Al Horford by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)