Celtics drop game to Mavs on the road

Cuban unusually candid about his star player

The Dallas Mavericks showed some mettle in defeating the Boston Celtics last night and the unusual chatter from Dallas Team owner Mark Cuban may have something to do with it.

In most unusual character, Cuban called out Nowtiski’s defense calling the center out in a tweet:

“I think we’ve got to get a little bit more out of Dirk defensively,” Cuban said before Monday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, responding to a general question about the Mavs’ recent performance. “I think [the team needs] a little bit more energy out of Dirk, particularly when things don’t start well.  Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year when he needs to re-motivate,” Cuban said. “I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days [off] and those naps he’s gotten in the last couple of games other than Utah.”

Against the Celtics, Nowtiski led a balanced attack with 19 points while the Celtics were without Rajon Rondo who sat out the second night of a back to back.

“Playing without Rondo, I thought Jerryd (Bayless) played fantastic, especially in that fourth quarter,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “He gave us a chance to win.”

Bayless had 12 fourth quarter points as the Celtics battled back from a double digit deficit.

“I think we were fighting and battling well,” Bayless said. “I think everyone played well, but we weren’t able to pull it off tonight.”

The Celtics next face Miami Heat who recently won a hard fought game over the Houston Rockets.  Great seats and tickets are still available.

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Rajon Rondo returns to spark Celts over Magic

The return of Rajon Rondo came at just at the right time to end a six game skid that went all the way back to January 24th.  Rondo made 9 of 11 shots for 19 points to go along with 10 assists in his return.

“We didn’t stop pushing the pace even though we had the lead,” Rondo said. “We finally finished a game strong. They made a run at it, but at the end of the day we still got some stops when we needed and made the plays.”

The Celtics gear up to take on the evenly matched Philadelphia 76er’s. Plenty of great tickets are available.

 

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