Yes, the Celtics have two All-Stars, but they also have a losing record for the first time since they were 1-2 after falling to the Dallas Mavericks last night, 110-107.
This absolute mess of a season has been disappointing, frustrating, and infuriating (give me all the negative adjectives) with countless ugly losses to subpar competition. Still, in a match-up of .500ish teams, you have to tip your cap to Luka. Dude hit a three to retake the lead with 15 seconds left in the 4th quarter, then hit a game-winner essentially as time expired. Very rare!
Via: ESPN According to ESPN Stats & Information research, only one other player has hit a pair of go-ahead 3s in the final 30 seconds of a game over the past 25 seasons. Doncic joined the exclusive company of journeyman guard Dan Dickau, who accomplished the feat for the New Orleans Hornets in a Jan. 22, 2005, win over the LA Clippers.
Now I'll be the first to admit I don't watch a ton of non-Celtics games, and even when I do, they're usually on TV2 muted because I have to be looking at multiple screens at all times; I've seen Luka play before, but not a ton. Holy shit, what a final 30 seconds for that guy. THAT'S what a superstar does in the clutch. I apologize for not using the proper accents in this blog. Knowing Weebly, I am not tempting fate and having a blog full of hieroglyphics because they can't handle diacritics.
Let's work backward before watching Luka push the Celtics below .500; the game was tied at 87 following a Time Lord put-back SLAM.
(side note: read that in styling of Time Has Come Today)
The Mavs went on a 14-2 run to take a 101-89 lead with 3:56 remaining. The C's weren't scoring, but when they did, it was pretty siiick between that Time Lord put-back and a Jaylen floater that would've hit the scoreboard if this game was played at Cowboys Stadium.
At this point, I was considering sprinkling Celtics live ML since I knew the odds would be pretty favorable and eventually got it in after the Kemba four-point play.
After the Celtics called a timeout following a Jalen Brunson three, they went on a 16-3 run to retake the lead 105-104 following a Jalen Brown 13 footer. It was super encouraging to see the C's fight back and make some clutch plays, but then Luka put Daniel Theis in a fucking blender to wash it all away.
The C's went down and tied the game on Jaylen's lay-up. I don't want Jaylen's late-game lead-taking and game-tying shots to get lost in the shuffle. V clutch from JB, even though I was screaming, they left too much time..which they did, although you could easily argue they just got beat by a fantastic shot.
31/10/8 with two clutch threes in the last 15 seconds. Dude ate all night. Not exactly a coming-out party for a guy who's won ROY and is a two-time All-Star, but my goldfish brain is focused on what happened recently, and Luka is a bad mother fucker. Just gotta tip my cap to one of the best young players in the NBA.
The C's are right back at again tonight against Atlanta (which will be on TV2 because of the Season Finale of Name That Tune), hopefully, Trae Young-Garfunkel doesn't have a similar performance, and the Celtics can get back to .500. Gotta finish strong in these next five games before the All-Star break. I'll sign up for 19-17 right now. Even with 16 losses at this point, I still believe in this team. We just need 2-4 more pieces and Brad to start holding guys accountable, perhaps even raising his voice.