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Lockout Hangover: Pacers 87 Celtics 74

Indiana Pacers 87 Recap | Box Score 74 Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett, PF 34 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -15
Not a great night for KG. He snapped up a few early boards but managed only 12 points and 6 rebounds when the C’s needed more from him in both categories.
Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 3-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -8
Pierce just couldn’t get it going tonight. He missed from a distance and he missed close to the hoop. He kept shooting, though, on his way to 14 misses in 17 tries. He didn’t seem to lack energy or be favoring his foot as much as he just kept bricking shots.
Jermaine O’Neal, C 26 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +4
He stood in on the defensive end and tied his season high in rebounds, but his offense continues its spiral into oblivion. I’m ready to see Stiemsma with the starters.
Ray Allen, SG 38 MIN | 7-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 23 PTS | -9
I’m beginning to suspect Ray Allen is bionic. After missing the last game with the flu, he came back to play heavy minutes and shoot 80% from the arc. Ray’s conditioning has him ahead of everyone else on this team not named Rondo.
Rajon Rondo, PG 39 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 11 PTS | -2
He had some pep in his game tonight but his efforts were hampered by the brutal shooting and ball movement around him. Of course, it didn’t help that he walked the ball up the court too often (after the C’s made an early attempt to push tempo) but by the second quarter, it seemed pretty clear this was not a Celtics team up for a track meet.
Keyon Dooling, PG 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -9
Dooling hasn’t hit his stride yet but he had a couple of takes to the basket, something he’ll do willingly if there’s an open lane. Still, I’d be more encouraged if he was getting 3 shots a game from the arc. But that wasn’t in the cards tonight and it wasn’t entirely his fault. The whole team was inefficient in shot creation.
Marquis Daniels, SG 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3
Daniels looks bad out there, when he’s not completely inconsequential, which was the case tonight.
Brandon Bass, PF 25 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -10
He got precious few shots and made the least of them in his least effective game of the season.
Greg Stiemsma, C 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -1
Minimal court time, but good energy again from Stiemsma. One nice, clean block that was called a foul. No good reason he isn’t playing longer minutes.
Avery Bradley, SG 9 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -10
Bradley hit a couple of crisp 20-foot jumpers after the game was decided. Not going to lie though: was happy to see them find twine.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Atrocious Offense. The Celtics tied their franchise-worst with just 25 points before halftime. Things improved in the second half but it was too late for the C’s who finished the night shooting 39% from the field. The Pacers were little better in the first half but they managed to outlast the C’s and overcame a 3-14 night from Danny Granger with the help of 33 bench points and 12 rebounds from Roy Hibbert.
  2. Rebounding woes. The Pacers crashed the offensive glass for 14 offensive rebounds on their way to humbling Boston 47-36 on the boards. Boston failed to block out, which is not uncommon, but also failed to hustle enough to make up for that, which, unfortunately, is increasingly common (the C’s rank only 20th in the league in defensive rebound rate so far this season).
  3. The Celtics got only 14 points from their bench tonight, including a season-low from Brandon Bass and another ineffective night from Marquis Daniels (8 minutes, 0 points).
  4. Doc Rivers leaning on his starters. Doc ran up the minutes for KG, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and a post-flu Ray Allen in an attempt to pull this one out. That’s partly because they’ve played short minutes recently, partly because the C’s got so little from the bench tonight and partly because the C’s don’t play again until Wednesday.
  5. A really, really crappy basketball game. Thanks are again due to the hardheaded tenor of the CBA negotiations, the needless lockout and the resulting condensed schedule.
  • chrisindanvers

    Point number 5 is well taken. This was a pretty atrocious effort. This looked more like one of those mid March games that the Celtics play when they are bored. No need for them to be bored this time of year. Thanks lockout.

    A few areas of concern…

    1. Marquis seems to be having a similar beginning to the year that he had a couple years ago before he got hot, then hurt…hope he comes a bit more alive.

    2. Hope Wilcox is okay….seems a bit lost out there still. Actually, a whole lot lost.

    3. The Greg Stiemsma show is now meeting the Bad Ref society. I hope he is not going to be a victim of a few of these phantom bad calls. That one on his block was as bad as this game was played. What is worrisome is that newcomers who make a name for themselves sometimes have this happen.

    • red

      Doc has to play him ahead of Oneil the only way rookies get calls is if they get major playing time and Steisma is just better plus we need the energy from a yound player in the starting five so we don`t get out to these slow starts

    • CG12

      Seriously, the Steimer can't get a whistle. It's bad. This was a poorly officiated game, all around.

  • ripsonics

    Docs post game was pretty telling.. Ray had a great game, but I think the A- is perfect because, as Doc said, the reason they got so many offensive rebounds is because the guards got beat, and the bigs helped, shot missed, indy got the rebound cause the guy guarding them ran to help. Ray got beat a lot tonight… did not play good D. Avery did not play good D. I actually thought Keyon played a good game. Some nices moves to the basket, a couple jumpers. Bass's worst game as a celtic. He'll recover. Hang in there… I know I was all saying this team sucks, but we are all very emotional after a bad bad loss. They'll all recover.

    Go C's

    • Ryan DeGama

      Yeah, this has been a problem all year long… the guards getting cooked up on the perimeter leaving the bigs exposed and forced to cover for them (JO suffered from that when he was fouling everything in sight the first couple of games of the season).

  • Phil

    Really liking the player grade system of breaking down the game.

    Overall, the game was lost on the boards and with PP's bad day (D+ seemed a little generous, since it seemed to me like he struggled on D in addition to O.) I'd chalk it up to just one of those days, but I'm starting to get worried that "those days" are gonna be a lot more common going forward.

  • Morpheus

    I'm loving this new material from the Hub…awesome.

  • High Rollers

    Nice rundown, DeGama.

  • IBleedGreen

    8 games in and still hasn’t beat a .500 team, I would say that’s a big concern.

  • I_Love_Green

    Can't even believe that game…

  • SteveB

    Considering they had a day off before the game and four days after this game this surprised me. The team looked bored and uninterested right from the beginning. Both teams looked that way for the first half. It seemed they just wanted to keep the game close until the 4th quarter and then give some real effort. Indy got an offensive board late in the game where there were three Celtics at the front of the rim. All three made a half hearted effort to get the ball and a Pacer came flying in and just snatched it away. That pretty much summed up the night. This team needs energy on nights like this and need to find where they can get it. I know Bradley and Stiemsma give them some of that but there is always a downside with them. Leaves a bad taste in your mouth until the next game.

  • NZNICK33

    I think you're being a little tough on JO. It seemed to me he was one of the few bright spots in tonight's game.
    Sure, he didn't do much offensively, but he gave the best defensive effort tonight of anyone on the C's. He drew a few charges, made a number of nice blocks and made Hibbert really work hard to get his points.
    Tellingly he was the only Celtic with a positive plus minus and it may have been better if the refs hadn't called him for a few bogus fouls.
    I know it is easy to get carried away with Steimsma's efforts but he still looks extremely lost at times (although not as lost as Wilcox).

  • red

    no one wants to say it but Daniels awful play not including the first 2 games has rendered our bench production to Bass and the 4 bricks