Celtics conclude winless road trip with loss in Utah
Although the Celtics have been playing relatively competitive of late, they still have lost five straight and six of their seven games. The latest came Monday night in Utah against the Jazz when they fell, 110-98. The C’s haven’t defeated a Western Conference team on the road this season.
This one was never really in any doubt as the Jazz jumped out to a 27-18 lead after one and 59-46 at the half. Jeff Green and Kelly Olynyk led the Celtics each finishing with 21 points while Rajon Rondo added 18 in a losing effort.
The Jazz had six players record double-figures in points led by Alec Burks’ 21 off the bench.
The C’s will return home Wednesday night (7:30, CSNNE) against the Hawks.
What they’ll be saying: It was another shorthanded effort Monday night as Jared Sullinger (concussion) and Avery Bradley (ankle) were kept out of the lineup. The one thing this allows is some of the other players getting more minutes and Monday it was Olynyk taking advantage as he had one of his better games of the season. One of the common threads in the losses is the opponents shooting percentage from the field as it is consistently over 50 percent — 55 percent Monday.