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Recap: Marquis, Pierce lead Celtics past Pacers

Chuck - Red's Army December 28, 2010 Uncategorized 13 Comments

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Despite playing lackluster crap basketball for 2 1/2 quarters, the Celtics still managed to beat the Pacers 95-83.

The Celtics trailed 60-50 with 5:33 remaining in the 3rd quarter. They proceeded to "flip the switch" and outscored Indiana 45-23 over the final 17 minutes.

What happened? Marquis Daniels (12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, +17) happened. Quis' repeatedly posted up his smaller defenders and when he wasn't scoring, he was finding the open man.

Paul Pierce (21 points, 7 assists) had another effective night as a point forward. Ray Allen had 10 of his 17 points in the 4th quarter.

There were several atrocious calls by the officials. The whistle on TJ Ford for "tripping" Paul Pierce, the offensive goaltending on Shaq as he dunked the ball, and the foul on Nate Robinson for receiving a head butt from Mike Dunleavy.

Nate suffered a cut over his left eye from the head butt. He was sporting a super-size band-aid on the bench. He did not return, but I'm guessing that was due to the effective play of Daniels and not the cut.

UPDATE: Sherrod Blakely says Nate received 6 stitches.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    Got this email from a reader:
    Not much pub given to the ironic ascension in the record books of KG (1565 26th) passing Doc (1563 27th).

  • Lee in Oregon

    Quisy spent a couple years there in Indy and tonite he reminded them why. Another nice road win, there’s no reason they shouldnt finish this roadie 2-1.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    Quis and Baby took over late in the 3rd into the 4th. It’s almost as automatic as a Ray free-throw once Quis gets into the painted-area. Couple that with a tremendous effort from Ticket under the boards, and you got yourself a road-win. The length of Indy w/Hibbert, McRoberts, Foster etc really didn’t deter such a hard-worker like KG. Indy was a road-loss for us early on last year, so to me this is an important win-especially for the pscyhe of a team who is being labelled as “slump-prone after Xmas”.

  • J Atlas

    what did he pass him in???

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    Oops.
    Steals.

  • J Atlas

    thanks

  • DRJ

    Agree. I marked this in advance as a crossroads game, where we would likely see which direction they’re heading at the point where they’ve historically changed direction. First 2.5 quarters looked like they turned south… but then they fixed it, and all’s well.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/section328 Section328

    Quis was the man tonight. Baby’s 15-18 foot jumper is getting crazy consistent…lovin’ the second unit.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    Good win, especially without Rondo and too ball hawking point guards in Collison and Ford on Indiana. Ugly at first, but its good to see the guys can regroup and pull out a win on the road.
    Its been said plenty by others, but Paul has really impressed me in Rondo’s absence. The guy is showing he still is in the upper-echelon of those multi-talented wing players a la LeBron, Kobe, Wade, etc. Quis has been great too. We actually have depth on the wing this year; if the bigs, Rondo and D-West can get healthy come the end of the regular season, this is easily the deepest team in the NBA, and the deepest the Celtics have been in years.

  • ShawnCVD

    This win was an inverse of last season. This team is showing that opponents are going to have to claim their victories this year instead of waiting for Boston to cough it up.
    I’ve loved PP’s play of late. His steal / break away dunk to ice it then rediculous three pointer was as great a 20 second span as you’ll see by anyone in this league. TA was right about my boy’s confidence.
    Watching the C’s play is fun again. GO CELTICS!

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    I think the C’s played really ugly, and I’m starting to worry.
    I understand why Doc is worried, and I liked Ray’s honesty at the end of the game interview.
    To me, last night game was one of the baddest I saw this season (and I saw them almost all..), at least until late 3rd; thank God something switched at some point and they started rolling a little bit, just that little to walk on by a mediocre team like Indiana. If we were playing the Heat or the Spurs last night, it could have been really painful..
    Wake up guys in green!!! I’m kind of worried for tonight game, I hope I’m not gonna see 2Q’s and 1/2 packed with airballs, turnovers, stagnant offense and missed shots like last night.
    Go C’s!!!!!

  • Classless

    I see Stern instructed the refs to exact some revenge on Shaq. And the NBA wonders why people say the refs are corrupt.

  • cankles or thunder thighs, take your pick

    i’ll come by after each game to give you my verdict on whether ray had a good game. and i’ll take my medicine: ray was pretty good last night. granted, it’s a meaningless game against a bad team, so i sure as hell hope he played well. i’m disappointed to see 3 boards, 2 assists and 5 TOs in 40 minutes, but hey, ray ain’t no paul pierce. ray is a very limited player with very limited skills, so he should have very limited expectations.