Mar 11, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Andrew Bynum (17) posts up against Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics Fall Off Pace

You really had to watch this one! If all you saw was the final score of 94-83, you probably think this was just another typical Celtics loss. Against the Beasts from the East? Yeah, no chance. But if you watched the whole game, you’re beaming right now. Like a father who just watched his tiny redhead son stand up to the school bully, it’s tough to be disappointed with tonight’s result. But that sure doesn’t mean it was pretty.

A quick peek at the box score and you can nearly smell the ugly. Had it not been for Kris Humphries stellar performance, Celtics starters would’ve shot just 24%. Boston shot 35% as a team, 15% from downtown, and were -14 in the defensive rebounding comparison. But that’s it for the bad!

The kneeless phenom known as Andrew Bynum debuted for Indiana, tallying ten rebounds and eight points while looking impressively nimble in his sixteen minutes. A late 7-2 run by Boston cut the lead to nine after the first two quarters, but every fan watching knew it should’ve been nineteen.

But then the second half of the third and the fourth quarter reminded me why I stupidly love these 2013-2014 Celtics. Behind relentless offensive rebounding and some Rondo magic (that fake behind the back pass will forever be my favorite move of all time), the Celtics cut a fifteen point deficit to eight thanks to Jeff Green aggressiveness and Indiana’s stupid offensive fouls. The fourth quarter began slightly slow, but then the Celtics struck after grabbing three offensive rebounds. A Chris Johnson layup and a Jared Sullinger three cut the lead to three after an Andrew Bynum charge. And then Rondo decided it would be fun to take over. The next four scoring plays were either by Rondo (two jumpshots) or assisted by Rajon (a layup for Johnson and dunk for Sullinger).

The Sullinger dunk got me leaping out of my seat, but unfortunately it wouldn’t get much better than that. The Pacers managed to shut down everyone not named Jared Sullinger, who scored the next eight points for Boston. Paul George remembered that he was really good at basketball and combined with the suddenly alive Lance Stephenson to bury the Celtics.

Don’t look at the box score tonight folks, it’s hazardous for your health. But if you can find a way to catch some highlight clips of the Celtics actually looking competitive, then your mood is sure to brighten if you compare to other Celtic catastrophes. Thanks for the read and don’t forget to check tonight’s game as a W in the moral victories category.

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