First, Brad Stevens called for a timeout.
That didn’t work.
Then Stevens passed on a timeout.
That didn’t work, either.
The Celtics put themselves in a position they never should have been in Friday night at TD Garden. They had led by as many as 22 in the third quarter, but turnovers and fouls allowed the Bucks to crawl back into the game. Boston trailed by one point, at 99-98, with 43 seconds left when Stevens whistled for a timeout and drew up a play.
Boston’s players came back onto the floor but failed to execute the play their coach had drawn up. As Gerald Wallace dribbled to his left, Caron Butler reached in and poked the ball away. Nate Wolters wound up with possession of the ball and took it to the other end. He drew a shooting foul and then nailed two free throws.
Trailing by three with 31 seconds left, Stevens told his team to pass the ball inbounds and then take it to the other end for an impromptu play. That decision wound up biting the C’s in the backside, as Courtney Lee had his shot blocked in the paint by John Henson. Zaza Pachulia put home a layup at the other end with 15 seconds remaining to wipe the Celtics out of the game.
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Vitor Faverani just completed the first month of his NBA playing career. Boy, did he finish it in fashion.
Faverani was the best player on the court Friday night at TD Garden. He was better than Zaza Pachulia, who led the game with 20 points. He was better than Brandon Bass, who led the C’s with 17 points. He was better than everyone, and it wasn’t even close.
Faverani finished the contest as the only player with a double-double, with 12 points and 18 rebounds. He shot 4-of-6 from the field and duplicated that rate at the free-throw line. Six of his game-high 18 boards were grabbed at the offensive end.
That double-double is a heck of a game in and of itself. Faverani, however, didn’t stop there.
The big man out of Brazil accounted for six of Boston’s seven blocked shots. All in all, he accounted for nearly half of the game’s 14 blocks. The Celtics outscored the Bucks by nine points during his 36 minutes of action.
We’re still learning about Faverani during his very young career. What he taught us tonight is that he can be a big-time factor in the painted area for the Celtics.
Box Score Nuggets
- The teams racked up nearly identical numbers in the points in the paint (Milwaukee 46, Boston 50), second-chance points (Milwaukee 22, Boston 23), and fast break points (Milwaukee 10, Boston 11) categories.
- Zaza Pachulia scored a game-high 20 points off of the bench, half of which came from the free-throw line.
- Pachulia shot 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
- The Celtics shot just 26-of-38 (68.4 percent) from the line.
- Brandon Bass led the Celtics with 17 points.
- The Celtics had six players score in double-figures.
- Four of the five Bucks who scored in double-figures were reserves.
- Vitor Faverani accounted for six of Boston's seven blocked shots and 18 of its 52 boards.
- Milwaukee committed just seven turnovers in the game.
- Milwaukee's starters scored just 39 points.
- There were only three lead changes and two ties during the game.
Quote of the Night
I want losing to hurt, first and foremost. Losing should hurt. But I don’t want it to be something that lingers. You lose, you learn from it, and you move on. Brad Stevens on the feeling of losing