Indiana: 98.4 points/100 possessions (28th)
Boston: 100.2 points/100 possessions (20th)
Indiana: 96.0 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)
Boston: 102.1 points allowed/100 possessions (13th)
Probable Indiana starters: DJ Augustin (PG), Lance Stephenson (SG), Paul George (SF), David West (PF), and Roy Hibbert (C)
View from opposing bench: 8 Points 9 Seconds
That would be David West up there. You may not recognize him but that’s what he looked like when, for one brief shining moment, the Celtics had a chance to sign him. Prior to last season, the C’s were poised to use some salary cap soul-selling magic and sign the now-Pacers power forward. It was supposed to put an end to both the Celtics rebounding and bench-play issues. As you all know by now, West opted to sign with the Pacers and now C’s fans have the tri-annual reminder of what could have been.
With West out of the picture, the Celtics went on to have a fairly successful season with many significant moments. Kevin Garnett moved from his post as the resident power forward to the less glamorous but more manageable center position and Avery Bradley supplanted long time starter Ray Allen at the shooting guard position. To fill the PF void left by Garnett, Brandon Bass was promoted to starter and the playoff lineup was born. That playoff lineup went on to see a lot of success and there was plenty to be optimistic about going forward. Unfortunately, Bradley had to have offseason surgery, shelving him for the start of the season. After a rough start with their small lineup, the Celtics moved Bass back to bench, Garnett back to the four, and moved center Jason Collins into the starting lineup. Unfortunately for the C’s, that lineup has fared even worse. The good news in Green-land (here, not here), is that the aforementioned playoff lineup is back tonight as Bradley is back and Jason Collins is awful*.
Let’s hope the C’s start getting back on the winning track tonight.
*Objectively. He’s actually very nice.