The Celtics had their four-game winning streak snapped last night by the Charlotte Bobcats. Jeff Green was the leading Celtics scorer for the third time this season with 20 points. It also marked that eighth straight contest that no individual Celtic reached 25 points. In fact Green’s 25-point, opening-night outburst against the Raptors is the only time all season a Celtic has scored as many as 25 points in a contest.
How rare is that? No Celtics team dating back to the ABA-NBA merger (and for at least a decade and a half before that) has gone this deep into a season without having a player rack up over 25 in a single game. Only two other teams this season have yet to have someone go over a quarter-century, the Kobe-less Lakers and somewhat surprisingly, the aging and therefore minutes conscious San Antonio Spurs.
The lack of a scoring standout shouldn’t really be a surprise for a team that over the past few summers shed itself of three Hall of Fame players and has been playing the entire schedule thus far without its only true star, Rajon Rondo. Gerald Wallace was once a consistent 30-point threat, but age and injuries have reduced him to a complimentary player on a team full of them. Jared Sullinger has the potential to be a big low post scorer, but he has yet to top 16 points in a professional game. As a Wizard Jordan Crawford showed that he's a pure scorer but one without a conscience, something that surely won't fly in Brad Stevens's system.
Perhaps Green, who showed he’s a capable scorer in March by pouring in 43 against the Heat, can be the go-to guy the green and white need, but in 405 career games he has 73% more games in which he’s scored fewer than 10 points (116) than those in which he scored at least 20 (67).
Here’s when each current member of the Celtics last scored as many as 25 points in an NBA game:
- Jeff Green (25 on October 30, 2013)
- Rajon Rondo (30 on January 18, 2013)
- MarShon Brooks (27 on April 3, 2013)
- Gerald Wallace (25 on December 13, 2012)
- Brandon Bass (27 on May 21, 2012 *playoffs)
- Avery Bradley (28 on April 20, 2012)
- Kris Humphries (29 on April 16, 2012)
- Courtney Lee (25 on April 8, 2012)
- Jordan Crawford (39 on March 30, 2011)
- Keith Bogans (27 on March 19, 2005)
- Vitor Favarani (not yet)
- Kelly Olynyk (not yet)
- Phil Pressey (not yet)
- Jared Sullinger (not yet)
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