The Boston Celtics have refused to make anything easy for themselves this season.
Now they’re just plain refusing to make their shots, it seems, as the Green saw their losing streak extend to four games on Sunday behind a 115-96 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at TD Garden.
Down by 12 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Celtics attempted to get back into this game with three straight three-point attempts. They missed all three, pushing their three-point shooting to 3-for-27 at that point. Over the course of those misses, the Spurs made the Celtics pay two-fold by extending their edge to 16 points.
It by all means put the game to bed — and the Celtics’ shooting woes didn’t get much better from there, as they finished the night with makes on just seven of their 35 three-point attempts — and spoke to this team’s overdependence on their three-point shooting from almost the second they find themselves chasing a game.
“I don’t want to be part of a team – and I’ve never been part of a team – that was solely reliant on whether you make shots or not,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the loss. And right now, in the last month, that’s our deal.
“Like, we’re relying on whether we make shots.”
And on a night that saw the Celtics forced to play without both Al Horford (knee) and Jayson Tatum (back) among others, almost nobody made their shots. Kyrie Irving hit on just five of his 17 attempts, Gordon Hayward converted on just four of his 11 attempts (Hayward missed both of his three-point attempts), and Jaylen Brown went just 1-for-8 off the bench.
LaMarcus Aldridge was an absolute force for the Spurs in the win on Boston parquet, meanwhile, with 48 points behind a 20-for-31 shooting night to go with 13 rebounds in 37 minutes of action.
The Celtics will try to end their skid with a Tuesday night head-to-head with the Cleveland Cavaliers.