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Indiana Pacers 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 82 Boston Celtics
Jared Sullinger, PF 31 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -7
Short usage tonight, and even shorter rebound numbers but the nice thing about Sullinger is that even when he’s not blessed with a favorable matchup he can affect the game in a positive way. In a way, he’s got some Luis Scola in him. Tonight he actually managed to score in the post against both Scola and Hibbert (via the foul line). And he made a couple of nifty passes to cutters from above the free throw line.
Kelly Olynyk, C 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +6
Twisted his ankle to cap an unremarkable 12 minutes.
Avery Bradley, PG 31 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -11
Remember two nights ago when Bradley was gunning from long range? Not so much tonight. The seven boards were helpful though, given the flood of offensive rebounds that marked the third quarter.
Jeff Green, SG 38 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -6
Good defense in long minutes. 20 points on only 13 shots. The good Jeff Green showed up tonight.
Jordan Crawford, SG 34 MIN | 10-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 24 PTS | -8
Scorched the nets in the first half on 9-9 shooting, including a series of runners, jumpers and a long banked three-ball at the end of the first 24. Then started throwing the ball away and slowing the offense in the second half as the inevitable reared its head. He seems best utilized as a bench scoring option that you deploy only with a short leash. Here, he has the keys to the car. Leash. Car. Mixing metaphors. Kinda ugly. But it almost makes sense. All of which tells you a lot about the 2013-14 Celtics.
Kris Humphries, PF 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +1
He’s nobody’s favorite power forward from this year’s roster but his minutes have been so sporadic it’s hard to fault him too much. Eventually Danny Ainge could find him another team where he can better contribute. But only if he takes a bad contract with him.
Brandon Bass, PF 22 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -18
Held his own on both sides of the ball.
Gerald Wallace, SF 22 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 2 PTS | -12
2 points and 5 turnovers in 22 minutes. Maybe the least effective offensive player on the team? Might be done. Probably would be done if not for the contract. But it’s been a long week and I don’t want to think about that right now.
Vitor Faverani, C 11 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -9
Deeper and deeper in the throes of a rookie slump.
Phil Pressey, PG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -2
Starter composure. Ninth man upside.
Courtney Lee, SG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -9
Honestly, gets so little focus on offense you’d barely know he’s out there. Still, friskier than last year.
  • hax

    Maybe the Pacers would like to trade us a 2014 1st rounder for Avery Bradley to round out their PG defense option, so guys like Crawfish don't burn them so much.

  • someguyinsac

    Another game where the first half is played semi-decently and the second half is disaster city.


  • High Rollers

    C’s getting a little punch drunk? Can’t worry about a standing eight count during an eighty-two game season.

  • swissflix

    Well, it is a young team and the breakdown in the third is a sign of that. Plus, a push by the Pacers had to be expected. And they are really good!
    Since Jeff will always be an inconsistent player and seems not to be somebody to build a franchise around (unfortunately), i hope they trade him asap.

  • All Jefferson 1 Fan

    worst team in the NBA PERIOD !!!
    OR WAIT THERE IS Brooklyn celtics one

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