The Celtics are back in the win column for the second game in a row. They beat the Pacers 105-99 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indiana. The Celtics got some positive performances from unexpected places tonight. Isaiah had a poor first half scoring the basketball. But, Tyler Zeller and Terry Rozier helped chip in with solid efforts in both ends. Young made a difference in both halves of play.
JAMES YOUNG IS A MANIAC
James Young first showed up with 2 consecutive defense/hustle plays in the second quarter. He forced a 24 second violation by deflecting a pass so far into the back-court by the time the Pacers caught up to it they couldn’t get a shot off. Also, he made another play disrupting the Pacers offense the very next possession.
However, his impact was not limited to the defensive side of the ball. Utlimately, Young finished with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals on 5-6 shooting in 16 minutes of play. Young provided tremendous energy and spark off the bench.
REBOUNDING MUCH BETTER
The Celtics won the battle of the boards in this one, 46-40. Recently the Celtics have played great defense, but been burned by offensive rebounds and second chance points. That would not be the case tonight. The Celtics defended will, and finished the possession by securing the defensive rebound.
Avery Bradley and Terry Rozier continued rebounding far above their size, grabbing 7 and 6 boards respectively. Amir Johnson finished with 9 and Olynyk and Zeller both had 6 a piece.
DEFENSE DEFENSE DEFENSE
The Celtics defended very well in this game, holding the Pacers to 41% shooting. Three point defense has been their biggest weakness, other than rebounding, however they were excellent in that area tonight. The Pacers only shot 22% from three-point range.
PACERS WITHOUT PAUL GEORGE
The Celtics took advantage of an opportunity tonight. The Pacers lost George to an ankle injury last night vs. the 76ers. The Celtics have been playing without Crowder and Horford for a while. The Celtics may be missing an All Star talent now, but they have adjusted to their circumstances. The Pacers had not yet had the opportunity.
The Celtics will have a day off tomorrow, and go back to work against the Pelicans on Monday.