The Boston Celtics‘ winning streak ended Wednesday night at six games as they lost to the New Orleans Hornets at home. The troubling part about the defeat was that the Hornets were missing arguably their best player, guard Eric Gordon, due to injury. Gordon has been plagued by knee troubles almost his whole NBA career and it wasn’t surprising seeing him sit the second night of a back to back.
Most people figured the Celtics would cruise to victory in this game, but as we pointed out previously, there are no guaranteed games in this league. The game was a struggle offensively for both teams and the Hornets simply made a few more plays than the Celtics did.
Does this loss raise any red flags or is it just a bump in the road? The Celtics had to lose at some point. They were not going undefeated for the rest of the season. This loss shouldn’t raise any panic in Boston as the team looks to be back on track, but they do need to be more consistent, especially on the offensive end.
Scoring 78 points against a mediocre Hornets defense is simply not acceptable. It has been no secret that the Celtics have a less than inspiring offense, but they need to figure out a way to consistently score in the high 80’s/low 90’s every single night. The Miami Heat can put up 100 before the blink of an eye, so this type of scoring output would obviously not work against Lebron James and company.
The Celtics, unfortunately, saw their longest winning streak of the season come to a halt last night and now have to figure out a way to start a new one.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news, go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18