The Boston Celtics just can’t seem to get out of their own way.
One night after looking like the Celtics — even it was against the lowly Atlanta Hawks — and getting themselves back above .500, the Celtics dropped to an even 10-10 behind a 113-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
Saturday may have been among their more frustrating losses of the new season (and that’s saying something), as the Celtics had just one lead throughout the night (a whopping single point), and at one point trailed by 16 against a Mavs squad that should not have run-out-of-the-building potential against a team with as much talent as the C’s.
Forced to try and play hero yet again, Kyrie Irving finished with 19 points behind a 9-for-24 night shooting, and had a team-worst five turnovers by the night’s end. Jayson Tatum was the Celtics’ leading scorer, with 21 points in 36 minutes.
A Celtic loss would not be complete without another guard absolutely going off on them, though, and that honor went to Dallas backup guard J.J. Barea on Saturday. The 34-year-old Barea scored 20 points in just 26 minutes against the Celtics, and hit some putaway buckets against the Green late in the fourth quarter during Boston’s futile attempt at a comeback.
Gordon Hayward sat out the loss with ankle soreness. Terry Rozier, who was considered questionable due to knee soreness, ended up playing, contributing four points (1-for-6 shooting) and three assists in 17 minutes on the floor.
The Celtics will head to New Orleans for a Monday night meeting with the Pelicans.