LOS ANGELES — The Celtics were simply outclassed by the Clippers on Thursday night. Maybe eventually they can compete with teams like this but, for now, they are among the group of teams still trying to find themselves after a 106-77 loss. It was Los Angeles’ 15th straight win.
“Well after that, we’re gonna hide some money in the ceiling,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said in reference to hiding money in the ceiling of the locker room at Staples Center during the 2009-10 season and collecting it when the Celtics reached the NBA Finals. “(The Clippers) were unbelievable. I thought we really outthought the game. I told our guys that. I could hear all the talking about different coverages. We play the same defense every night for the most part and I just thought we were outthinking ourselves tonight and I should have stopped it but I didn’t.”
The Celtics scored just 30 points in the second half on 38.2 percent shooting and nine turnovers. The Clippers went on an 8-0 run to begin the fourth quarter to go ahead 90-67 and it was time to get ready for the Golden State Warriors.
Boston was never aggressive Thursday night and falling behind 18-4 was its biggest mistake.
“It’s the same story, we win one, we lose one,” guard Jason Terry said. “Until we break that cycle, we’re not going to take that next step and we know that. For us, hey we gotta win the next one. At this points in the season, they are a better team than us.”
Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting while Paul Pierce added 12 on 5-for-13 from the field. Pierce has 20 points in the past two games after tallying 75 in the previous two.
“I thought we came out with too much respect (for the Clippers),” Garnett said. “We wanted to play back off some of their bigs and Blake (Griffin) hit some shot that he doesn’t usually hit. They came out with a lot of confidence and they packed the paint and that is the reason why they have won 15 in a row. Teams like this, you have to come at them and attack them and we were not able to do that.”