Dallas Mavericks defeat Boston Celtics, 99-90

This, too, shall pass. That I know.

The Celtics lost at home again last night, this time to the Dallas Mavericks. The score was 99-90, and that makes three home L’s in a row. The Celtics are 4-7 since peaking at 23-5 with that uplifting Pierce-less Christmas Day victory in Orlando.

They’ll come out of this. I swear. And if you don’t believe me, listen to the coach.

“We’ll get it right,’’ said Doc Rivers. “We just have to keep working at it.’’

There’s no mystery...

The Celtics were already playing their eighth straight game without Kevin Garnett, and the matchup problems that Dallas’s Dirk Nowitzki creates didn’t help. Then, in the third quarter, the Celtics lost the only player in uniform who could give the 7-foot sharpshooter any trouble defensively.

Yes, Nowitzki had 15 points by the half, but “they were a tough 15,’’ said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, none of them came from 3-point range, and none of them came easy thanks to Rashe...

Injuries, illness, and misfortune have led to many of the Celtics’ early-season home struggles. Last night they were victims of self-inflicted wounds in a 99-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

The self-destruction began in the third quarter as Rasheed Wallace got into foul trouble, leaving the Celtics virtually defenseless against Dirk Nowitzki (37 points). Then, after Wallace returned, the Celtics lost direction offensively.

The Celtics (27-12) still have the second-b...