The Indiana Pacers trumped the Boston Celtics, 106-79. This one was a loss from the start for the C’s as the Pacers started off fast and finished strong down the stretch. The first quarter was close, but much of the rest of the game featured the Celtics trying to play catch-up.
The Celtics allowed the Pacers to score 32 2nd quarter parts, increasing their lead to 15 at the half. That quarter turned out to be the turning point in the game. The Celtics struggled to generate anything offensively against the Pacers stout defensive team.
The C’s shot 38% from the floor tonight and coupled that with 16 turnovers. They had 16 assist on only 32 made shots. That won’t cut it against the Indiana Pacers’ defense. You’ve got to move the ball and make them figure out where you’re going with things. If you don’t, you’re doomed.
The C’s tried to play big for much of the game. That seemed to be a major mistake against the best big team in the NBA. A small ball approach may not have been more productive, but I’d say that that was something that could’ve been used.
The Celtics only shot 13 free throws tonight. The lack of ball movement allowed the Pacers defense to set things up for themselves and funnel things into the combo of David West and Roy Hibbert.
Lance Stephenson garnered another triple double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Paul George scored 24 points on only 13 shots and the Pacers hit a scorching nine of 19 three point attempts. Danny Granger added 12 points on eight shots tonight and looked very good and fluid tonight.
The Pacers left their mark in Boston as a legitimate championship contender and look like a team that could very well dethrone the Miami Heat. Their combination of size, length, strength an defense seem unstoppable at times and it showed tonight.
The Celtics will try to pick up the pieces against the Cleveland Cavaliers on the 28th. Hopefully, they’ll be able to break this losing streak.