Missed opportunities near basket for C's

December, 15, 2012
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ESPN Stats & InformationBoston's shooting chart from its loss on Friday night in Houston.
If you're looking for a culprit in Boston's loss to Houston on Friday night, consider the Celtics' inability to convert around the basket -- and the frustration from those misses that spilled over to the defensive end -- in a 101-89 loss.

"We missed a lot of good looks, missed layups, and missed some open jumpers, and that’s all part of the game," Rajon Rondo told reporters in Houston. "That can’t affect the way we get back defensively and Houston took advantage of those opportunities.”

The Celtics this season rank 10th in the NBA, shooting 55.4 percent within 8 feet of the basket. As the shooting chart above highlights, the Celtics were a dismal 16-of-44 (36.4 percent) in that range on Friday (all while Houston was 21-of-37 for 56.8 percent).

Those missed bunnies didn't just prevent Boston from putting points on the board. You could see the frustration on the Celtics' faces as they struggled to get back, Houston attacking in transition while aware the Celtics were coming off a double-overtime game two nights earlier.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9