The Boston Celtics blew a double-digit lead that they had for the majority of the game Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks, ultimately losing on Christmas day, 117-113, after they didn’t trail until a Wesley Matthew’s three-pointer with 30 seconds left that gave the Bucks a one-point lead. Boston never overcame the deficit.
A tough pill to swallow for the Celtics after they led by more than 10 points for the large majority of the game. Even when Milwaukee made a push in the third quarter, Boston was able to restore their double-digit lead and it seemed like that would be enough but late game woes doomed the Celtics once again.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was absolutely unstoppable today, proving to be a monster on both ends of the floor in the second half and the Celtics had no answer. He also made the game winning play with a phenomenal block on a Rob Williams’ dunk attempt with eight seconds remaining.
On the Celtics’ side of things, both Tatum and Brown scored 25 points each but went cold down the stretch. Payton Pritchard was great off the bench and provided a much needed spark in the second half. He helped restore the double-digit lead in the fourth quarter but it evaporated once he exited the contest.
The Celtics are looking more like an average team with every passing game. Unfortunately for the C’s, the issue doesn’t seem to be a lack of skill but rather a lack of killer instinct.
Boston will play their next game on Monday against the Timberwolves.