Under Pressure

16 03 2009
Boston's Paul Pierce can only watch as the Bucks' Richard Jefferson goes airborne for a layup in Milwaukee's win. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Boston's Paul Pierce can only watch as the Bucks' Richard Jefferson goes airborne for a layup in Milwaukee's win. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

By: Brendan Tyman

The Boston Celtics will not match last season’s win total after a devastating 86-77 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Bradley Center. The Celts record now stands at 50-17 with 15 games left to play.

Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo combined to shoot just 8 for 36 from the field. The leading scorer was Kendrick Perkins (26 points and 12 rebounds) and Leon Powe fouled out in the 3rd quarter.

Milwaukee’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute played excellent perimeter defense as the C’s had trouble creating openings for their shots. Charlie Villanueva led the Bucks with 19 points and Richard Jefferson added 17. Keith Bogans almost posted a double-double (9 points and 12 boards) coming off the bench.

Despite not shooting well, Milwaukee kept the game close throughout the first half and took control early in the 2nd half. When the Celtics closed a 6 point deficit to two at the close of the 3rd quarter, the Bucks came out swinging in the final frame. Boston was not able to counter-attack as their shots were falling short.

This is the start of a tough week for the Celts as they play 5 games in seven days. Their next game is Tuesday night and if they want to earn home-court advantage, they need to start playing better because excuses are not good enough come playoff time.

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