The Boston Celtics faced their second consecutive defeat this season, succumbing to a 106-103 loss against the Philadelphia Sixers.
Despite dominating earlier in the season, their recent matchups with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia Sixers have altered their championship aspirations.
Following Wednesday night’s loss to Philadelphia, Kristaps Porzingis, the towering presence for the Celtics, missed a critical 3-pointer in the closing moments that could have leveled the score. Porzingis shared his thoughts post-game, expressing,
“It was a really good look,” Porzingis told reporters. “As I went into the shot, I kind of went into it as it was a mid-range shot. I jumped a little higher. I usually don’t do that for 3s. I just shot it bad.”
Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla also weighed in on the defeat, pointing out that his team allowed the Sixers to surge ahead in the third quarter, closing it at 81-71 before entering the final quarter.
Mazzulla acknowledged the challenge of facing formidable players like Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid, emphasizing the consequences of being behind against such skilled opponents.
“Any time you’re playing against a great team, like (Tyrese Maxey) and Joel Embiid, if you’re down 10, you’re down 15 to 18 because of their ability to make shots,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said.
Looking ahead, the Celtics aim to rebound as they embark on the opening night of their in-season tournament, eager to rectify their recent setbacks and return to their winning ways.