Boston Celtics overcome 26-point deficit, but lose to Pacers

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 25: Kyrie Irving
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 25: Kyrie Irving /

Despite coming down from down 26 in the first half, the Boston Celtics couldn’t get it done against the Pacers.

Just 6 more days until the Boston Celtics take a much needed All-Star break.

Boston showed a clear lack of energy in the first half on Friday and dug themselves a hole a little too deep. Victor Oladipo had 35 points and made big plays down the stretch to end the Celtics five-game winning streak over the Pacers.

When you make a comeback, it is imperative that you keep momentum, especially if the deficit was 20 points or more. If you get the game close but then pull in the reins, you give the other team a chance to get back in the game. The C’s had numerous chances in the fourth quarter to take the lead but they couldn’t buy a basket.

Early game struggles

Besides the third quarter, the Celtics played just about as bad as they have all year. The Pacers got easy baskets in transition on sloppy turnovers and questionable shots. When it counted most, the Celtics could not get stops. The Pacers only had 97 points, but that number could have been lower. If not for wide open layups and threes, the Pacers don’t break 90 points.

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On offense, the Celtics again could not make plays when they counted. After scoring 56 points in the second and third quarters, Boston could only muster 19 points in the final period.

The shooting struggles were apparent all throughout the box score. Kyrie Irving: 8-for-18. Terry Rozier:1-for-11 (somehow, the one make came on a 40-footer to end the 3rd quarter). Marcus Morris: 3-for-12. Overall, the C’s shot just 38% from the field and 26 percent from three.

Looking at the big picture, the Celtics just played an overtime game in Washington last night. The fact that they were able to comeback was impressive. If you want someone to blame, find out who makes the NBA schedules.

Hopefully, the Celtics can save this lull by ending this week on a high note. When the All-Star break finally hits, they will have played five playoff teams in 10 days.

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