BSJ Daily Briefing 12.26.17: Leftover thoughts from an ugly Celtics loss on Christmas

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Hope you and your family had an enjoyable holiday yesterday. The Celtics ended theirs on a bit of a sour note after a disappointing loss to the Wizards at the Garden. A few scattered thoughts after re-watching the fourth quarter of that defeat.

  • Wizards coach Scott Brooks got smart by going small. Kelly Oubre Jr. wasn't good/consistent enough last year to be counted on during crunch time. That's changed in his third season and made the Wizards crunch time lineup (Wall/Beal/Oubre/Porter Jr/Morris) a versatile defensive group.
  • The communication issues on defense for the Celtics continue to crop up at bad times. Take a look at this play from the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. I'm not 100 percent sure who was at fault here (Smart/Horford/Tatum are all candidates) but it left Tatum with having to guard two guys and he picked the wrong one to stick with. That's inexcusable stuff during crunch time.

  • Jaylen Brown was hobbling pretty good in the locker room after taking a knee to the back of his leg in the final minute of the loss. I'd be surprised if he suits up against the Hornets.
  • Marcus Morris looked rusty in his return (which is to be expected after a eight-game absence). The timing wasn't ideal for the Celtics during a tough matchup against the Wizards.

And away we go...



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