Ugly. That pretty much sums up Boston’s fourth quarter. The Pacers gave the Celtics every bit of an opportunity to win tonight’s game and the Celtics just gave it away. The plays that will be etched in my mind for the next few nights are the cross court pass attempts with about 3 minutes to go. If you’re Kevin Garnett, why do you attempt a three quarter court outlet pass? And if you’re the rest of the Celtics players, how do you not come to the ball?
The last thing I want to hear from any Celtic supporter is any talk of officiating. Even though the Celtics bigs were in foul trouble all night, only a few calls were actually of the ticky-tack variety. The real reason why the Celtics lost was just a lack of discipline down the stretch. The offense was not great but it was a lot of better than it has been. At least the Celtics were making open jump shots (save for Delonte West and Jeff Green who could not hit anything from deep going a combined 0-3. I really would not bother pointing this out except these shots were wide open).
Before I end this quickly (not to worry, Ryan is on tap to really dig in later), let’s talk some silver linings:
Even though the Celtics only had 19 assists as a team, they were moving the ball around much better than they had been. With two days of rest, I expect the Celtics will be able to put it together against an injured San Antonio team on Thursday. They have another SEGABABA on Friday so all bets are off.
Alright now if any of those positives made you feel even the least bit better, sorry, but I have to ruin that feeling for you. Right now, the Bulls are getting beat by 10 in the third quarter.