A fan making his way to the exit from his seat in section 109 summed it up best:
“Exciting game, and more ping pong balls. What more can you ask?”
The Celtics clinched the league’s second-worst record with a 104-102 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. With the defeat, the Celtics have a 39 percent chance at landing either the first or second pick in June’s NBA Draft.
With the tanking talk reaching a boil the last time these two teams met, both squads came out with an increased effort tonight. It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but the players who were logging minutes (Kevinn Pinkney, Sebastian Telfair, David Noel, Jared Reiner) for both teams weren’t exactly in the position to mail it in.
Pinkey was aggressive on the glass all day for Boston and finished with seven points and seven rebounds. Leon Powe had 18 points and five rebounds for the Celtics.
Charlie Bell led the Bucks with 24 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Ruben Patterson had 21 points (11-of-12 free throws) while Dan Gadzuric chipped in with 21.
No single player stood out for the Celtics. Gerald Green (21 points) and Delonte West (13 points) led the team in scoring, but both struggled with their shot in the second half.