Keys to the Game

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Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics struggled offensively again Thursday night.
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Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics struggled offensively again Thursday night.
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Key Moment
Key Player
Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night

Key Moment

Sometimes, the key moment in a game happens right after you walk out of the locker room. For the Celtics on Thursday night, when they returned to the floor after halftime, the game got away from them.

The end result? A 101-92 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.

Trailing 47-48 at the half, the Celtics surrendered a 13-2 run at the start of the third quarter, and they never drew closer than six points the rest of the way.

Despite seven Celtics scoring in double figures, the Celtics' offense struggled for its second consecutive night. Jumpers repeatedly fell short off the front iron, especially from 3-point land, and the Celtics fell to 19-17. The Celtics hit just five of their 25 3-point field goals, and shot 36 percent from the field overall.

Key Player

It’s hard to pick a Key Player when the entire team struggles, but the one guy who jumps off the box score for the Celtics is Jared Sullinger, who notched a respectable +10 when he was on the floor. He scored 13 points and added 11 rebounds for the Celtics.

On the other side of the ball, Pau Gasol posted 17 points and a game-high 18 rebounds, as the Celtics struggled to handle his length around the basekt.

Box Score Nuggets

  • All seven Celtics who scored tonight totaled 10 points or more.
  • Six Celtics grabbed five or more reboubds.
  • Tyler Zeller grabbed seven rebounds in just over nine minutes of action.
  • Amir Johnson connected on six of his eight field goals, but only played 21:46.
  • Evan Turner added five rebounds, six assists and four steals to his 10 points.
  • The Celtics had 11 steals and 11 turnovers.

Quote of the Night

My ATOs (after timeout plays) aren't going to be as good as his.

Jay Larranaga, who filled in as head coach Thursday, on the differences between he and Brad Stevens.

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