Stars, studs and duds: Stevens 'disappointed' in first three quarters

Stars, studs and duds: Stevens 'disappointed' in first three quarters

There will be many in Celtics Nation that will draw hope and inspiration from how the team fought back in the fourth quarter before losing 124-118 to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. 

But it was the first three quarters of play that sticks with head coach Brad Stevens. 

"I was disappointed in how we played for the better part of the first three quarters," Stevens told reporters after the game. "Fourth quarter, our guys did a great job of coming back, but I was disappointed in the first three."


Stevens added, "We weren't connected on defense at all. If they have 100 (points) after three quarters, you don't have a real chance to beat them. We have to play a lot better than that. We got lucky and had a chance at the end, because our guys played really hard and figured out a way and the bench was great."

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Thursday night's game.



Kevin Love

Cleveland took control in the first quarter, and Love's scoring had a lot to do with that. He had a trio of 3-pointers in the first quarter before finishing with a double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds.

Isaiah Thomas

Cleveland did a lot of things defensively to throw Thomas off his rhythm, but he still found a way to put up big numbers offensively. He finished with 31 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

Kyrie Irving

He led all scorers with 32 points before spending the final minute or so on the Cavs bench with a sore hamstring. He also dished out 12 assists and five rebounds.



LeBron James

He spent most of the game in quadruple-double mode before finishing with 23 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in addition to eight turnovers.

Avery Bradley

He was red-hot to start the game, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. He too was a key figure in Boston's near-comeback before finishing with 23 points. 

Celtics bench

Boston's furious rally began at the end of the third and carried into the fourth, fueled by the team's second unit players such as Jonas Jerebko, Tyler Zeller and Marcus Smart. Boston's bench had a total of 45 points with Jerebko leading the way with 12 points.   



Al Horford

By far Horford's worst game since returning to the lineup. He was as big a non-factor tonight as we've seen him all season, scoring just six points while grabbing one - that's right, one - rebound to go along with four assists. 

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6:50 - What are the expectations for the Celtics if they are without Kyrie Irving? Is it worth it to push Kyrie to play if they can’t win the title this season?

9:05 - Celtics are playing more for the 2018-2019 season than they are for 2017-2018 as they could become serious title contenders with a healthy team and more development from young players.

11:50 - What will be the interest in Marcus Smart in the offseason? Is it more likely he leaves or stays in Boston?

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