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Recap: Celtics survive in Indiana

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) April 7, 2012 Uncategorized 9 Comments on Recap: Celtics survive in Indiana

Greg stiemsma finishes an alley oop against the pacersThe Celtics apparently responded to Doc River's tirade by coming out strong and building a 24-19 first quarter lead, and extending that to 43-33 at the half.  The lead, amazingly, was built on 28 bench points courtesy of 10 points each from Greg Stiemsma and Ray Allen and 8 from Sasha Pavlovic.  

The second half was an ugly, disjointed, most poorly officiated mess of a half.  Eddie F. Rush had a bug up his ass about the way the Celtics reacted to an obviously blown call in the second quarter and he, and his cohorts, nearly lost complete control the rest of the way.  Both teams have legitimate complaints against this crew, and it made the second half virtually unwatchable. 

Still… Paul Pierce's 13 third quarter points carried the team through a disgusting third quarter in which the rest of the team only scored 3 points.  KG, who had a rough night up until the late 3rd quarter, put up 10 4th quarter points to hold the Pacers at arms length.  

Big props to Greg Stiemsma, who finished with those 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.  Pierce and KG were clearly the 2nd half MVP's… but the Stiem-boat keyed that 2nd quarter run. 

The Avery Bradley-Ray Allen swap worked about as well as we could hope.  The C's D built a big lead early and Ray Allen made a couple of big shots late when the C's needed them most. 

The Pacers were playing on a back-to-back and it showed.  They front-rimmed a lot of shots.  C's win it 86-72

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  • Some absolutely BAFFLING calls by those refs. But f*ck them-the Celtics defense is the real story here. This was the best defensive game I can remember from them in a while. Held Pacers to 35% for the game and just had them stifled. Ray seems to be getting into the swing of being a reserve a bit more. I liked that despite a few early misses, he kept shooting, and Doc showed confidence in him by continuing to call his number. KG was similar as he struggled for the first 3 quarters, but finally got it going in the 4th, just when we needed him. Bass just couldn’t get it going tonight, but oh well-I’ve no complaints w/him. Will be very interesting to see what kind of effort the C’s put-forth tomorrow. the Sixers have owned us this season, and I hope the C’s remember that and come out tough-2nd night of a back to back or not.

  • gaia

    ref sucks!!!!

  • CoachBo

    The aptly named maggot Eddie F*cking Rush ought to be fired.

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    Yep, officiating was a disaster.
    At some point this game looked like a brick contest, every team shooting poorly. Next one, please.

  • James Eisenman

    Stiemsma was awesome in the first half and the refs took him out in the second. But that second quarter was terrific. He held his own on the boards and it wasn’t just that he blocked shots. He intimidated guys into misses another 5 times. Everyone got clutch shots in the 4th after some generally terrible shooting the rest of the night. Pierce took the ball the basket with some authority again, like he did alot last season. That was good. Got some baskets and free throws doing that. Overall, not pretty but the defense was excellent. Now let’s hope they can shut down Philly tomorrow.

  • Sasha is like cow bell we need more of him.

  • mollysdaddy

    We get enough of him. We just need him to shoot with confidence. Maybe Rondo can give him some pointers.

  • He just needs more PT He has the shot and works his but off Sasha just so fun to say!

  • James Eisenman

    Rondo? Shooting pointers?