I'll start by quoting reader Perry Manno in the comments of our game preview:
Winning the battle of the glass is at a premium tonight. Indy leads the league in second chance opportunities. Psycho T, West and Hibbert averaging 3.5 OR/night. When PP crashes the boards we win, so let's keep that pattern intact
The Celtics got dominated on the boards tonight. Don't let the 47-36 final rebounding number fool you. The C's padded that number when it was all over. Combine that with God awful shooting and more sloppy play and you get a miserable 87-74 loss at home.
Things started out alright. The Celtics were aggressive and taking good shots, but they just weren't falling. Then they devolved into a level of disorganization that I haven't seen on this team in a long time. In the last two minutes of the game, the C's had an offensive possession where four guys touched the ball but no one ever really had true possession of the ball. There was a defensive possession that looked frantic and disorganized and very un-Celtics-like.
Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo combined to shoot 8 of 29.
Let that soak in for a second.
The Celtics are lucky Ray Allen came to play. His 23 points on 7-11 shooting, including 4-5 from 3, was the only reason the C's even had a chance to steal this one.
C's are off until Wednesday. And they'll need every last second of that downtime to fix their problems… because they've got a lot of them. Start by watching that video a few times.