Sunday, June 16, 2024

Celtics silence Jazz 126-97, enhance to 17-0 at dwelling


It’s all the time attention-grabbing to see which groups odds-makers respect and which they don’t, because the Celtics got here into tonight’s sport in opposition to the Utah Jazz as 14-point favorites.

That’s a reasonably hefty line contemplating the Jazz had received 9 of their final 12 video games coming in, however sportsbooks clearly noticed the Celtics’ 16-0 dwelling document and two days off as an insurmountable hurdle for the plucky Utah workforce.

And from the bounce, that hurdle hit them proper within the shin. The Celtics stormed out to a 10-0 lead, with Jazz Head Coach—and former Celtics Assistant Coach—Will Hardy refusing to take a timeout to power his guys to determine it out. Remind you of anybody?

Finally, Hardy was pressured to name one after his workforce’s protection extra resembled Swiss cheese than any coherent basketball technique. The Jazz switched to a zone halfway by means of the primary quarter, primarily accepting that their possibilities of guarding the Celtics dribble drives one-on-one have been just about zero.

Zones work effectively in opposition to groups that don’t perceive the best way to break them down or when employed by a workforce with excessive self-discipline. However in addition they generally tend to surrender extensive open threes, which the Jazz appeared kind of open to if it shored up the paint.

However, the Celtics rolled out to a 30-15 lead after the primary quarter on a buzzer-beating three by Jrue Vacation. It was a really chill begin, with the Jazz failing to win the three-point variance battle considerably sufficient to fill the 10-0 gap.

The second quarter began off… precisely the identical, with one other 10-0 Celtics run. You possibly can really feel the followers beginning to yawn and settle into their seats. Perhaps this might be a dialog sport, thought everybody within the area, able to loosen up with some refreshments and make associates with the man sitting subsequent to them.

I’m wondering what the story behind her Jonas Jerebko jersey is? Take a look at Kelly Olynyk’s headband! I’m wondering if any celebrities are sitting courtside… is that the reasonably well-known rapper Akon?

Oh, there’s a sport occurring? The Celtics are up by HOW MUCH? 36?! And it’s nonetheless the second quarter? Man oh man.

The Jazz have been fairly incapable of scoring for many of the second quarter, not even cracking 20 complete factors till about 5 minutes to go within the half. That’s simply not going to chop it, and whereas some extra photographs began falling in the direction of the top of the half, the preliminary pit that they had dug themselves in had develop into a sinkhole.

The Celtics’ defensive switching and depth put the Jazz in a tough spot. They couldn’t even get throughout the 20-foot line, not to mention into the paint, making contested threes or hopeless drives their finest choices. This resulted in a 71-40 Celtics lead on the half. Not dangerous.

The third quarter wasn’t precisely a special story, with the Jazz gamers popping out of the locker room as demoralized as you’ll count on them to be. They have been down 30 earlier than they completed tying their footwear, so it’s comprehensible that it could be exhausting to battle tooth and nail to return again.

The Jazz made primarily no overtures into the lead within the third quarter, consigning the sport to the loss column with round 4 minutes to go within the interval. Jayson Tatum subbed out and instantly appeared able to put his ft up, and the Celtics slowly eliminated their starters from the fray earlier than the legacy of this sport turned a season-altering harm.

The primary motive for the Jazz’s loss was an entire lack of three-point scoring. Whenever you’re overmatched within the expertise division, you higher hit some threes. The Jazz misplaced that battle convincingly, and the Celtics ran away with it with crisp execution and relentless play for 32 minutes, making the 16 a moot level.

With each starter out of the sport with three minutes to go within the third, the remaining wasn’t a lot to talk of, so right here’s an inventory of enjoyable issues from the published because the Celtics’ dwelling win streak prolonged to 17-0:

1. “All this rookie of the yr discuss, Chet or Wemby. If Porzingis was a rookie he’d win it” – Brian Scalabrine

2. Somebody at NBC Sports activities Boston left their cursor on the display when placing up a graphic, which can or could not have been intentional

3. Mike Gorman and Scalabrine started an in-depth dialogue of the New York Knicks’ big-man depth and harm scenario

4. Talen Horton-Tucker activated his Kobe Bryant-bag and tried a number of extraordinarily troublesome submit fades with various levels of success, earlier than hitting a loopy Michael Jordan-esque scoop and-one

5. Former Maine Celtic Luka Samanic tossed a euro-step-spin-pass that ended up within the sixth row

See you all tomorrow evening for the Pacers!

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