In the middle of the Boston Celtics‘ Thursday night contest against the Utah Jazz, they not only lost an 11 point lead, but also Kevin Garnett. Garnett came down awkwardly on his right knee after a layup, and did not return for the rest of the game. The Celtics, in the midst of a 19-turnover game, could not hang on to their lead and fell back behind the Jazz, despite stellar play and a double double for Kendrick Perkins. Aside from the injury, the Celtics were hampered by sloppy offensive play. The C’s had a total of 19 turnovers, and missed almost a third of their free throws.
“I think our defense was great and gave us a chance to win the game,” Doc Rivers tolds the AP’s Doug Alden. “It really came down to free throws by us and turnovers. We make our free throws, we win the game. And we if we don’t turn the ball over, we win the game.” The Celtics will try to get back on track against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
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