So far this year, the Boston Celtics have certainly exceeded expectations. But even still, they’re well under .500.
And playing the Indiana Pacers last night didn’t help that fact one bit. Boston played Indiana tough, though ultimately fading down the stretch, the last time the two teams met, but this time it was no contest. The Pacers cruised to a 106-79 win behind a 24 point, 5 rebound game from Paul George and a 15 point, 12 rebound effort from Roy Hibbert – and neither of them played more than 30 minutes.
Defensively, the Pacers stymied the Celtics, with no Boston player scoring more than 13 points. As a team, the Celtics shot just 38% from the floor. It was the type of ugly performance that is expected when a title contender faces a team that should end up in the lottery.
Not surprisingly then, the Pacers came up with the Pass of the Night. Early in the 3rd quarter, the defense collapsed on Jared Sullinger in the post and knocked the ball out of his hands. Lance Stephenson then picked up the scraps and got the fast break started for Indiana.
Looking ahead, he found Paul George open and hit him with a deep outlet pass. George then spotted George Hill trailing behind the play and dropped a nifty little pass over his head to his point guard, who finished it off with a layup.
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