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Celtics blow a 27-point lead, lose in double-overtime to Hawks

Jan 26, 2013, 12:44 AM EDT

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The Celtics suffered one of their most painful losses of the season on Friday, and it’s tough to see where the team goes from here.

Boston led by 27 points in the first half in Atlanta, only to give all of it back and then some before ultimately losing 123-111 to the Hawks in double-overtime. The loss was the sixth straight for a reeling Celtics team that will be searching for answers long after the conclusion of this one.

The offense has been the problem in Boston all season long; we discussed it on the podcast, and we delved into it even further here. But on this night, it wasn’t an issue on the way to 57 first-half points.

The beginning of the second half is where it all fell apart.

Atlanta put together a 19-0 run over the first part of the third quarter to crawl back into it, and once the team felt validated that it could get this game against the struggling Celtics, it fought hard the rest of the way, and didn’t stop until victory was secured.

This included coming back once again from 10 points down with 4:44 to play in regulation, on the strength of three three-pointers from Kyle Korver and one from Jeff Teague.

Once we got to overtime, no team scored at all in the final 1:34 of the extra session, and we headed to a second overtime period, where the Celtics simply ran out of gas.

The Hawks sealed it by opening the game’s sixth period with a 10-0 run, and that was that.

This would appear to be rock bottom for a Celtics team that somewhere down deep likely believes in its playoff chances. There isn’t going to be any help on the way in terms of trades this season, however, so the current group, along with veteran head coach Doc Rivers will have to figure out a way to come together to pull themselves out of the deepest hole the Celtics have found themselves sinking into in quite some time.

  1. dadeyemi - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    #Knicks
    :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  2. badintent - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Doc on PTI gave Wilbon the standard line,” I coach them up, then they fu*k up.” When Danny blows up the team, Look for Doc to head west to LA. Lakers new coach . The wheels on the bus go round and round, C ‘s clowns.

  3. eventhorizon04 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    The good news for the Celtics is that it’s really hard to fall out of the playoff race in the East. It would take a couple more weeks of losing to actually be in danger of missing the playoffs, and I doubt the Celtics fall that deep in a hole. They’ve been playing great defense with Bradley back, so it’s rare for them to not be in any given game, and some nights, those outside shots will fall through the hoop, which means wins.

    The bad news is that their offseason moves of bringing in Green and Terry haven’t worked out as planned. Those moves were designed to replace Ray Allen (Terry) and ensure that Pierce had a quality backup (Green) who could ease the scoring burden on him. Instead, Terry has been slumping, and Green has dramatically underperformed, so the Celtics are still relying heavily on Pierce to generate offense. Until either Green or Terry starts playing up to expectations, points will be hard to come by.

    • WatchThis - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Great, then one and done.

  4. dko83 - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    I was the first guy to say, “we’re better now than we were with Ray!!” C. Lee and Jet.. who wouldn’t think that? I was wrong :( I still never count this team out though regardless of how terrible they are playing.

    • pantsfreezone - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      I was the first guy to say the Celtics were an 8 seed at best and would probably be swept out in the 1st round. Look at my post history.

      As soon as Ray Allen left, I knew they were done. Exactly like when Wes Welker leaves the Patriots. You can’t replace a safety net with a Jet or an Edelman

  5. timb12 - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    It’s hard to see them not trading anyone after that loss. They were on thin ice as it is, and I think this was it.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    See you Sunday

  7. mungman69 - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    The closest team to the Celtics are the Sixers and then the Pistons. If the Celtics fall below these two teams then they don’t belong in the playoffs anyway.

    • gepsep - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Coming from a guy, that is a bit of a C’s fan, i couldn’t agree with you more.

  8. JMil_ATL - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer team. Kyle Korver torched ‘em.

  9. rodyaugu - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    “we Lost because the refs handed the game to the hawks”

    -Celtics fans-

    • scalfor3 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      I haven’t heard a single C’s fan blame that loss on the refs. We lost because we couldn’t throw the ball into the ocean.

      • doctorhoops - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Maybe this guy doesn’t understand that using quotes mean you are quoting what someone actually said, rather than what you imagine they might have said. I blame the schools…

    • andyhr17 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      “I have an urge to insult the Celtics, but I have no solid facts to stand on….but I just MUST say something bad to make myself feel better about my lonely existence and sad terrible team”

      -Lakers fans-

  10. hojo20 - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    The Hawks are too young & athletic for the Celtics and wore them down. One KG fouled out it was over. Korver was fantastic too.

  11. supremekingz - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Korver is the man!!!

    • doctorhoops - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Test his urine!!!

  12. jtchernak - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    True potential of this team was shown in the first half then they just went back to there normal selfs. I am disappointed

  13. tiennguyen645 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Very simple sports is business. The CELTICS lose just becacuse too much MONEY bet on CELTICS . there is not about ATLANTA is young team or play well nothingl like that

    • andyhr17 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      You, my friend, are an illiterate fool.

      • spthegr8 - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        @andy
        He isn’t illiterate. He just type’s in broken english. On 2nd thought I just TRIED too read what he wrote and your right. He is an ILLITERATE FOLL!!!!! Carry On!!

  14. jimeejohnson - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Where are the two lovebirds hargis and Bozo? They could be the same, hate filled, person.

  15. spthegr8 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    WOOOOOOW the C’s do SUCK!!!!!! LLS!!!

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