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Recap: The song remains the same

KWAPT January 14, 2012 Uncategorized 9 Comments

Despite Kevin Garnett having his best game of this young season, the Celtics gave-up too many second-chance points, were inconsistent on defense and lost their 4th straight; going down to the Pacers 97-83 tonight in Indy. 

KG (and Pierce) led the Celtics with 21 and went 10 of 19 from the field in 28 minutes of action.  The Celtics tallied 24 points in the 1st quarter and finally came-out with some energy. But Rondo and Ray were non-factors, they turned the ball over 18 times and are now 4-7 with a great Thunder team coming to town on Monday. 

John was dead-on in his game preview tonight, guessing the C's would go down 95-78 on the second night of a back-to-back, and also predicting that the C's would need to stop Darren Collison. Unfortunately they didn't, and he scored 17 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. When the C's were at their worst in the 3rd, Collison stepped on their necks and put-in 11 of those 17. Neither Rondo nor Avery Bradley could slow him down. But what really killed the C's were easy dunks, layups and second/third chance hoops. The younger, more-athletic Pacers scored 23 fastbreak points and were easily the more aggressive team tonight.

The C's were out-rebounded 52-45 and the Pacers literally out-muscled the Celtics. On more than one occasion tonight, Pacers players smacked, grabbed or simply took the ball away from the C's for 12 steals. Let me repeat that; 12 steals. Sure, we know it was the tail-end of a back-to-back for the C's, but Indy played last night also. To compound matters, Danny Granger shot the ball better than the two teams' last meeting to lead his team with 21 points.

E'Twaun Moore saw significant time tonight, getting 20 minutes of burn and putting-up respectable numbers: 7 points, 2 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals. Marquis Daniels stayed in Doc's doghouse tonight, and I have absolutely no-idea at this point what Ainge and Rivers plan to do with him. Have they already given-up on Quis? I know he's really struggled after a great preseason, and Pietrus brings alot to the table, but I really thought Doc had more confidence in Quis.

Rondo seemed disinterested tonight. Perhaps he was tired and that explains his sloppy and careless play. Rajon turned the ball over 4 times, forced the issue on offense at-times and did not get to the FT line once. Doc said after the game that "fatigue killed us" and "we didn't take care of the ball.." Before joking "it gets easier now-we have Oklahoma City." Glad he has a sense of humor about things. Mine is slipping-away.

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  • Quest

    Whatl a twist of fate Kendrick Perkins the one ending up on the great team that is racing to the playoffs while the C’s are moving in reverse. OKC on Monday C’s don’t have a chance. Betting on 5 losses in a row….sad but true

  • CELTICPRIDEFC

    Why play your starters when they don’t perform? This is getting pathetic. I can understand losing, but at least try and make it close. I actually thought the C’s had an upgrade of a team this year. A fair balance of youth and veterans. How can they fall so far so fast?

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

    I’ll be at the Garden Monday and I really just don’t know what to expect. On one-hand, I KNOW that building will be electric w/Perk in town and Durant and company with him, but the C’s just have not had any intensity this year. If they don’t at least compete Monday and show some heart, it’s alot worse than I thought..

  • Glory

    I’m a ridiculous eternal optimist. This game sucked. It was disappointing to watch. Do I think we’ll win against OKC? I have no idea. We’ve seen this team surprise us so many times, I can’t help hoping that they pull out the surprises next.
    Yeah. That’s all I have.

  • paul

    YOu are surprised that Rondo is disinterested when Doc takes the game out of his hands and focuses on getting the Ancient Ones involved? Bull. You know damned well what is going on here, and what a travesty it is.

  • Classless

    Seriously, who is going to cover Durant?

  • Classless

    Not surprised at all with this result. The Patriots put up better quarters than the Celtics. No chance monday night. Austin Rivers watch is getting close.

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

    Lmao..oh man..at this point, throw Jujuan on him- He’s the quickest, longest guy we have. But in reality I’m guessing Bass. OKC is frightening right now the way the C’s are playing. Ibaka, Harden, hell..even Collison could have a big night if we don’t protect the glass. *throws hands-up*

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    Wont Bass will be on Ibaka & Collison? Durant will have to be checked by our beloved captain. The only one looking forward to that is Durant. Not gonna be easy watching Perk bully our bigs.