Final: Thunder 119, Celtics 115- Celtics crater at worst possible time

TIP OFF: 7:00 p.m @ TD Garden
RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
TV: NBC Sports Boston

Predicted Starting Lineups

G: Payton Pritchard
G: Marcus Smart
SF: Evan Fournier
PF: Jaylen Brown
C: Tristan Thompson

G: Theo Maledon
G: Kenrich Williams
SF: Aleksej Pokusevski
PF: Darius Bazley
C: Moses Brown

LIVE COVERAGE, by John Karalis

Fourth quarter

  • A little sloppy here in the 4th. The Celtics have the lead off a Smart steal and layup and an Aaron Nesmith floater off a pick-and-roll, which is a new thing.
  • OKC went on another 3-point barrage to take a 5 point lead, but Boston answered behind Jaylen Brown
  • The Celtics fell behind by 6 again, this time Darius Bazley did most of the damage at the rim with strong attacks and rebounding
  • Boston's shooting has abandoned them again. They've gone scoreless in more than two minutes. OKC is on a 16-4 run
  • The Celtics put a frantic run together behind a Marcus Smart 3 (his first of the night), and one from Payton Pritchard to cut the lead to 3.
  • The comeback falls short.  Another brutal loss.

Third quarter

  • The Celtics come out of half shooting worse than they did in the first half. Jaylen Brown missed the rim badly twice.
  • Evan Fournier and Payton Pritchard have kept things close. Fournier Hit a second 3 and cut another 11 point lead to 5
  • The defense has picked up and Boston is on an 13-2 run after a Jaylen Brown 3-point play and layup to tie the game
  • The extended run is 23-9 and it's being fueled by stops and good ball movement. <sarcasm>Amazingly, playing defense, running off stops, and moving the ball equals good things </sarcasm>
  • As has been typical for Boston, they capped a big run with a bunch of turnovers and misses. They managed to make it a new game, though.

Second quarter