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Boston won their second straight game in as many nights as they downed Indiana, 108-98. The Celtics trailed by nine at halftime but used a 37-16 third quarter to down the Pacers. Amazingly, It was the only quarter all night where the C’s outscored Indiana.

Offensively, it was one of Boston’s best games of the season. The Celtics shot 45/80 from the field, 10/25 from deep, and 8/9 from the line. The C’s may be starting to find their offensive rhythm after having to adjust their strategies due to Gordon Hayward’s injury.

This was a nice win for a short-handed Celtics team. The C’s were missing Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris yet still pulled through. Boston continues to run the East at 18-3 while Indiana drops to 11-9.

Boston

  • Al Horford tied his season-high with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks. It was the first time in five games that Horford had scored in double-figures. Encouraging to see him get back on track offensively.
  • What a performance from Marcus Smart. The fourth-year guard finished with 15 points (7/8 FG), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. This might’ve been his best game on offense all season. Smart did a great job of being patient with most his looks and only attempted two triples all night.
  • Kyrie Irving continues to play like the superstar he is. He put up 25 points and 6 assists while dropping in a few timely baskets in the fourth quarter. Irving’s game has risen to a new level in Boston that no one could’ve imagined. The key? Brad Stevens.
  • Jayson Tatum was tied for a team-high +12 alongside Horford and Smart. He didn’t do much offensively in this game, finishing with 11 points on 4/10 shooting.
  • Abdel Nader finished a team-worst -10 in only 13 minutes. Boston needs to give Jabari Bird a look with the minutes they’ve allocated to Nader.
  • Tito continued to stay hot after establishing a new career-high against Orlando. He finished the win with 17 points and 2 assists. Rozier knocked down 7/9 (77.7%) of his shots from the field.
  • If Smart and Rozier can continue to string together performances like this on offense, Boston will be tough to beat. The defense has been good from the bench unit but the offense has been mostly ice cold.
  • Free Yabu. That is all.

Indiana

  • Domantas Sabonis made a noticeable impact in the paint for the Pacers. He had 17 points and 7 rebounds and seemed to constantly be in the fray around the basket.
  • Myles Turner is certainly an impressive talent who could develop into something special. He’s a center who plays solid defense with range out to the three-point line. Turner finished the game with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and a block.
  • Lance Stephenson seemed to be making everything he put up in the first-half but he cooled off after the break. He ended up with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
  • The Pacers are going to need Victor Oladipo to stay healthy if they’re going to be competitive in the East.
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Dustin Lewis

Dustin Lewis is a student at Florida State University who is majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media. He has an unhealthy obsession with Marcus Smart's FG% and Terry Rozier's inability to connect on alley-oops. Lewis is also the lead writer for NoleGameday and contributes to the FSView with a focus on sports.
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  • David Anthopoulos

    Nice to see Celtics Hub keeping current with these timely, well written game coverages, in addition to that in-depth analysis that we have come to expect.

    I would rather see Nader get his minutes than Bird. Bird is on a two-way and can still learn a lot in the G League this year. Nader has scoring talent and deserves a chance to develop it, as well as to learn to cover NBA players. And since we are 18-3, we can’t say that we are running out of patience with him and need to do something radical. And as Smart and Rozier improve their shooting (there is only one direction that can go in, and it went there in Indiana), Nader will get more scoring opportunities, if he still can get minutes.