Boston Celtics Inspire Confidence By Hanging Tough In Tight Loss

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The Boston Celtics fell to the Golden State Warriors last night by a score of 99 to 97 thanks to Stephen Curry’s late heroics. The Celtics have now lost seven games in a row and have the fifth worst record in the NBA. Despite their recent woes, this group of players still works hard, competes and tries to make plays for their team.

It was evident that the Celtics were determined to end their losing streak as they kept fighting to stay in the game with the red-hot Warriors, who have won 10 of their last 11 games. Golden State was up 13 and on a 19-3 run in the fourth quarter. At that time, things were looking bleak for the Celtics, but they kept fighting and chipping away. The Celtics came back to be within one in the last two minutes of the game. Jeff Green hit a game-tying jumper to knot it up at 97 with 11 seconds left. Then Curry came down the court to hit a big shot that put the Warriors ahead with only two seconds left on the clock, and the Celtics failed to conjure up any magic in final seconds.

The Celtics did many things right last night. They outrebounded, outhustled and minimized the Warriors’ strength by holding them to a low shooting percentage from three-point land. Boston worked as a team, played solid defense and many guys stepped up for them. Green had an excellent game with 24 points and 11 rebounds as well as the game-tying jump shot. Jared Sullinger, who has been struggling of late, was extremely effective with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Kris Humphries continued his solid contributions with a monster performance, 16 points and 14 rebounds. You’d think the Celtics would be able to come away with the victory when three players record double-doubles.

Since this season is supposed to be a rebuilding year, these are the type of games I like to see while hanging tough against a premier, competitive team. The Celtics showed no lack of effort and a handful of players made huge plays. These are the kind of games that benefit a young team like the Celtics going forward. It also increases the value of potential trading chips like Green and Humphries when they perform like they did last night. If I were to speculate, the Celtics are exactly where Danny Ainge wants them to be.

Michael LeDuc is a Boston Celtics writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @mike_leduc, and add him on Google.

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