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Game 73/82: Celtics (51-21) @ Pacers (32-42) v. Celtics (47-18) Open Thread

 

JO! Where you at?!

Boston v. Indiana

7:00 P.M. ET

Conseco Fieldhouse

CSNNE


Offensive Efficiency:

Boston: 106.4 points/100 possessions (19th)

Indiana: 104.3 points/100 possessions (24th)

Defensive Efficiency:

Boston: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)

Indiana: 105.8 points allowed/100 possessions (12th)

Probable Indiana starters: Danny Granger (SF), Tyler Hansbrough (PF), Roy Hibbert (C), Darren Collison (PG), Paul George (SG)

View From The Opposing Bench: 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Thumbnail: The Pacers are a cool basketball team.  They are young.  They have some real talent in guys like Danny Granger, Darren Collison, and Tyler Hansbrough (?!).  They are also vying for the 8th and final playoff spot.  The Pacers have every reason to beat the Celtics tonight.  The Celtics are playing on a SEGABABA, they are tired, they don’t really NEED this win, and they have been struggling.  The interesting thing about this matchup though, is that the Pacers have been struggling offensively too.  In three of their previous 5 games the Pacer have scored 78, 88, and 93 points.  If there was ever a game where the Celtics could skate by on good defense, tonight would be it.

Instead of breaking down what the Pacers do well and what they don’t, I’m just going to give you a couple of things that would have been cool to see tonight.

1) Jermaine O’Neal and Troy Murphy returning to Indianapolis playing well….alright, moving on.

2) Rajon Rondo getting out and running, getting double digit assists, and converting at the rim at a high percentage.  Too bad he’s out again. UPDATE: Rondo’s playing.  Word.

3) The Celtics’ offense gets back on track.  I would say the Pacers are a good bet for this to happen but it’s a SEGABABA.

The game starts in roughly a half hour.  In the meantime, watch this awesome video that will make you like the Pacers and Roy Hibbert even more.

  • Batman

    Rondo is playing and hes hot!

    • Robert

      I want Rondo to attack attack ATTACK!

    • someguyinsac

      What kind of hot you meaning there man hot or ball playing hot? =)

  • kricky

    He even his his 'throes. Don't wake me up if I'm dreaming.

    Reality dose: BBD misses jump shot 2 seconds after coming into the game.

    But the team is looking good!

    • ElRoz

      yah, for maybe first 18 minutes or so…then we all know the store, as in LA game 7, as in Minnesota last night…chokerswith a coac who has no clue how to play these guys.

  • Batman

    No Defense though

  • I_Love_Green

    Wow I LOVED that quarter. Rondo attacked like crazy, and hit both free throws! Big Baby only took 1 bad shot, and the bench looked pretty good.

    Lets just hope they keep this up.

  • Batman

    Uh oh stagnant offense

  • kricky

    The bench fucking sucks. Where is Green? He's supposed to be the scorer.

  • James Patrick

    Opp, now here comes the 2nd quarter! lol 10-2 Pacer run? great. lol And keep in mind, they suck!

  • Batman

    Um somehow we're down

  • Mike

    I'm sorry, we're playing well despite the points allowed, but big baby is just…I don't know its like his basketball IQ is equall to his nickname….damn. Now that he should've taken the 3, he dances around….damn man

    • someguyinsac

      uno uno?

  • I_Love_Green

    Bench blows and the defense sucked in the 2nd

  • tim

    i have not enjoyed watching a full celtics game in over a month, i just turned it off this is really depressing me to be honest how consistently inconsistent they are.. #$^#@

  • ShahLayLee

    BigBaby is just shooting waaaaaaaaaaayyyyy to much…

  • kricky

    Good 3rd quarter. I just hope they have enough gas to pull this one out.

  • I bleed Green

    Reduced to following game on Gamecast. what's up with Garnett? Only 15 minutes through 3?

    • jack

      foul trouble

  • Batman

    Why has delonte only played 6 minutes

  • james patrick

    One thing we can all agree on. The C's sure don't make it easy to be a fan sometimes! lol

    LET'S GO CELTICS!!!

  • GREENMAN

    the second krstic and green put on the GREEN, they became the 2 worst defenders on the team. (pre-sasha pavlovic) very little improvement since then. ray and kevin CANNOT only get 4 and 2 shots respectively in the first 3 quarters. they play meaningful minutes in the 4th and are ICE COLD. too many close shots passed up for long jumpers. RONDO-HATERS… Who do you blame for this tonight?

  • GREENMAN

    p.s. Is Haywood Workman the worst official in the NBA? Discuss.

  • ElRoz

    haha…Allen, Pierce, and KG all come up short on the last three plays. Now that's a "very small three", not the Big Three. You got your hall of famers and they each come up short.

  • ElRoz

    and now KG chokes up again…87% ft shooter misses both: textbok definition of a choker.

    Pacers running away with it…Boston has nothing, AGAIN.

    Sliding down to #3….who knows, if Orlndo can push it the last 7-8 games, maybe Boston will end up in the ame #4 spot.

  • kricky

    Not only does the offense suck but the D stinks too. Guys no one has ever heard of just driving in for layups untouched at the end of games.

    Should we be surprised after the way they almost lost last night to one of the worst teams in the league playing without their best player??

  • James Patrick

    Another loss. lol great.

  • ElRoz

    the last 4 minutes of the game

    KG : 2 turnovers, a missed jumper, two missed free throws.
    Ray Allen: 1 turnover, a missed free throw, and a missed jumper

    nice going hall of famers…maybe it's time to retire? You clearly cannot deliver against a sub .500 team and its players are outplaying you on both ends of the court.

    Kristic is finally looking like a mistake – but Danny had no choice – Daniels and Nate were not going to contribute.

    So all hat work through the season and Boaton still get #3 seed – MAYBE.
    You see if Orlando wins in NY, they'll be rather close to Boston, and the C's still have to play a few more back-to-backs and a few more tough teams on the road……they might wn 55 games, but I seriously doubt it. I assume another 3 wins and that's all they can hope for.

    • Paul

      Keep running your mouth…just don't go anywhere so we can talk again in a couple months…

  • Deb

    I am a Celtics fan–the 1986 season–once the bigs left I stopped watching until 2008-and I am glad I did.

    Don’t talk about bad refs–they suck!

    This team came out playing outstanding basketball in the beginning of the season–then injury after injury, they adjusted and won most of the games (WITHOUT Perk).

    About 1 1/2 months ago I looked over at the bench and there were 3–count ‘em–3 people on the bench.

    Perk did not accept the Celtics’ offer and he would have been gone anyway–Ainge did the only thing he could by making the trade.

    Jeff Green is adapting quickly and Doc is an outstanding coach–he has had to change rotation after rotation to meet the injuries, start to retrain the new guys with limited practice time and our record has been outstanding.

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