The Boston Celtics shockingly lost to the Orlando Magic on Friday night at the TD Garden, marking just the second road victory for the Magic on the season.
A big reason why Boston lost this game was due to an uncharacteristically poor shooting night, only hitting 23.9 percent of their shots from the floor and going 11-for-46 from behind the arc.
Another reason the Celtics lost this game was due to a lack of effort, as Malcolm Brogdon explained after the game on NBC Sports Boston.
“They played harder. They made shots. We did not make shots that we usually make tonight. But overall, I thought they gave more effort and I think that’s the issue. It’s not the non-shot making, it’s the effort. We’ll pick it up on Sunday, for sure.”
This was Boston’s first game back at home after a two week long six-game road trip in the West coast that you could say is a reason they came out flat on Friday night, being out rebounded 53-38 on a night Rob Williams and Al Horford both returned to the lineup.
However, Brogdon said there are “no excuses”.
“There are no excuses. We’re a veteran team, we’re trying to win a championship here, so there are no excuses. They outplayed us tonight.”
The Celtics will get another opportunity at the Magic on Sunday afternoon.
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