After the way we played the last time we faced the Pacers, I expected a better game from the Celtics. Numbers wise though, it’s a pretty strange game: we’ve been close in every quarter, not scoring less than five points than our opponent, but at the end of the game, Indiana shot almost 55% from the field, while our shooting percentage was 35%; our starting forwards and guards combined for 11 for 45 from the field and 0 for 7 from behind the three point line.
Yet again, five players finished the game in double digit with points. Even looking at the other numbers, the rebounding is almost even, while we had a lot less turnover than the Pacers even though they scored three points more than we did on loose balls.
Kris Humphries is the only one among the starters that has been able to put the ball in the bucket with some success last night, finishing the game with 15 points on 6 for 10 shooting, all the while grabbing 9 boards. Kris has been consistent throughout the whole game, but he couldn’t play in the fourth quarter because Sullinger was really doing some damage to Indiana off the bench.
Speaking about Sullinger, it looks like he’s coming back into game shape after missing three game due to a concussion: Sully finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds, just a board shy of another double double. Too bad he had to share his playing time with Hump, because they were two of the three players that have been able to create some havoc. On one and, that’s a pretty good news because it finally looks like we’ve find some consistency at the five position; but on a night like yesterday, it’s a pity to take one of them out of the game. Sully played the entire fourth quarter last night, exploding for 11 points and 4 rebounds down the stretch, showing once again that he never gives up.
The only other guy that, number wise, deserve a special mention, is Chris Johnson. Johnson was struggling pretty badly as of lately, but he’s finally been able to get over it night finishing with 14 points and 3 rebounds on 6 for 8 shooting on a 28 minutes effort.
It has been a pretty tough nigh for Rondo last night, that struggled for most of the game before finally find his game in the fourth quarter when it was too late. The captain finished the game with 8 points and 8 assists shooting 2 for 4 down the stretch, but just 4 for 15 throughout the whole game but as he did in the last game, he’s been able to keep his turnovers down. Considering the way the whole team shot the ball last night, it’s no surprise that the assist number is low anyway.
I hope we’ll be able to put everything back together fast, because tonight the Knicks are in town. Rondo will be out again for this back to back, but if we play as a team, that’s a game we can win.