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Just how bad were Celtics from 3-point land vs. Clippers?

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If nothing else, the Boston Celtics didn't blow a double-digit lead Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What transpired instead was just as bad though, if not worse, when it came to the team's performance from 3-point range in a 91-82 loss to the Clippers.

The Celtics entered the night shooting 34 percent from 3-point range, 22nd in the NBA and by no means great, but if they'd shot that against the Clippers, they'd have won going away.

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Instead, Boston made just 4 of 42 attempts from beyond the arc, an embarrassing 9.5 percent clip. In the process, it became just the second team in NBA history to attempt 40 shots from 3 and make less than 10 percent of them.

Only last year's Houston Rockets, who finished an NBA-worst 17-55, shot worse.

"We missed some wide open shots, more than you could count," coach Ime Udoka said.

Jaylen Brown was 1 for 13 from deep and Al Horford missed all seven of his 3s. Josh Richardson and Peyton Pritchard each went 0 for 5 while Romeo Langford and Brodric Thomas each went 0 for 3.

Grant Williams went 2 for 3 and Sam Hauser 1 for 3 to round out Boston's attempts from beyond the arc.

Amazingly, the Celtics actually shot above 50 percent from the floor from 2-point range (31 for 59). In taking more than 100 shots from the floor, Boston became just the 17th team in the 3-point era (1979-present) to attempt more than 100 field goals and score as few as 82 points, per Stathead.

 
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The 82 points the Celtics scored were their lowest output of the season and their fewest since a 105-75 loss to the New York Knicks on January 17, 2021.

The Celtics have now lost three straight games and are three games below .500 at 16-19, with the Phoenix Suns and the second-best record in the NBA (26-7) coming to town on Friday.