The Boston Celtics offered Andrew Bynum the perfect opportunity to get his name back on the map. In their 94-83 victory over the Celtics last night, the Indiana Pacers dominated the paint, thanks in large part to the play of Bynum, and David West.
It was the Pacers defense that made a statement in last night’s matchup. They had been struggling in their last four games to stop opponents from scoring, but held the Celts to 35% shooting from the field, and 16% from beyond the arc. Here are some more thoughts from last night’s Celtics loss:
- Jeff Green had a real rough go of it. He shot 3-16 and was 0-4 from three. He did go to the hoop, which resulted in six free throw attempts. However, he just never got into any rhythm and the Pacer big men shut down the paint for him and the rest of the Celtics.
- There aren’t going to be many positive reviews for the Celts from their contest in Indiana. Kelly Olynyk, who has been playing his best basketball of the season, was 1-9 from the field, and looked like a kid playing with the Pacer big men. He has a lot to learn.
- Kris Humphries and Jared Sullinger were the stars against the Pacers. Sullinger and Humphries did their best to bang down low, and Sullinger was able to score amongst the trees, but couldn’t really make any stops on defense. Humphries mid-range jumper has looked real good this season, something that evaded him in his last two years with the Brooklyn/New Jersey Nets.
- I can’t forget the performance from Chris Johnson. He had his first good game in a while, and was the only guard for the C’s to get it going from the field. This was my favorite game of his this year, but I still don’t know what to make of his future with the team, or in the league.