The Boston Celtics lost their 3rd game of the season on Wednesday night in an overtime heartbreaker vs. the title favorite LA Clippers. The game was a back and forth affair most of the time, with the Clippers eventually pulling ahead into the lead late in the fourth quarter, rallying from down 10 points to do so. With the Celtics down 3 points and the clock winding down, Jayson Tatum took matters into his own hands, hitting a spectacular 3 pointer in front of defensive stalwart Paul George to send the game into overtime. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGmfr6EIpGc.
The overtime period was a different story for the Celts however, with the Clippers breaking out into an early lead with 3 pointers from Paul George and Patrick Beverly to make the score 104-99. Tatum managed to hit another 3 pointer to cut the deficit to 102-104, but the comeback was short lived as Patrick Beverly drained another 3, quieting any Celtics fans on the road in the Staples Center. The 5 point deficit proved to be too much and the Celtics eventually were defeated 107-104.
There are a few takeaways and things we learned about the Celtics this game, that’s for sure. For one, The Celtics further reiterated what many people already thought, that they are going to fight hard and give it their all vs any team they play, even if that team is the consensus title favorite by most most experts around the league. However, simply fighting through a close game and losing won’t be good enough going forward. The Celtics need to be able to close out these tough games on the road vs. high caliber competition if they want to really get into the mix of things this year. The Celtics shooting and defense in the final frame quite frankly went to shit, as they were outscored 13-7 over the final 3 minutes of the game. This game was there for the Celtics to take and they unfortunately weren’t able to finish the job. The Celtics didn’t manage to get the win, but they did manage to show the world that they are the real deal this season and that people can expect them to be right in the mix of things come playoff time. The Celtics look to get back in the win column against a talented Denver Nuggets team on Friday.