The Boston Celtics turned the ball costly 23 times in their three-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
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Boston had only done this six times in the past ten years.
The Celtics are up to 23 turnovers. They had only done this six times in the past 10 years. Tonight there are 7:11 left to play.
– Jay King (@ByJayKing) December 9, 2021
Jayson Tatum played without Jaylen Brown, who is sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury.
Boston walked 8-0 to fight their way back from 21 points deficit to a draw just 3:59 minutes behind in regulation, but in the end it was their sales that cost them the game. They were within a point in the last ten seconds of the game, allowing Los Angeles through.
“We haven’t done ourselves a favor by just giving them points,” said Boston coach Ime Udoka.
Boston gave up 33 points from sales. Given a Clippers team playing without Paul George, the Celtics dropped 63 points in the first half – which allowed the Clippers to shoot 55 percent off the ground and also gave up 30 points on the color.
“The effort and inconsistency is sometimes frustrating,” said Udoka.
“Much was self-inflicted with all the ball losses” – Ime Udoka on the poor game of the Celtics after a frustrating loss to the Clippers
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The Clippers got a career game from Brandon Boston Jr. that ended with 27 points, four steals, and five 3-point field goals.
The Celtics are now only 3-1 on their road trip to Phoenix, followed by home games against Milwaukee and Golden State. If the Celtics repeat their performance tonight, the next three games could get really ugly.