The Boston Celtics were humbled last night on their home court by a young, energetic Denver Nuggets side.
Even without Jae Crowder, Kelly Olynyk and Al Horford, nobody expected the Celtics to be blown out 123-107 at TD Garden.
Denver came out all guns blazing in the first quarter, boosted by a 24-point showing by Emmanuel Mudiay, and led 42-23 at the end of the first 12 minutes.
Boston was never able to truly recover and went on to record their third defeat of the season to leave themselves at .500 after six games.
It's a reality check for a team who were tipped to be one of the main threats to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, and All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas admitted the team just aren't as good as they believed.
As per Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat writer for the Boston Globe, Thomas said: "We’re not as good as we thought we were. When we don’t come out with a sense of urgency, we’re not a good team."
The Celtics will certainly improve as the season goes on, but more was expected from the team after they added Horford in free agency.
Losses to the Nuggets, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers have been balanced out by wins over the Brooklyn Nets, Bulls and Charlotte Hornets. But they will be hoping to go on a run sooner rather than later.
With the Cavs already at 6-0, a gap is threatening to open between the defending champs and the rest of the east.