Ray Allen is still the hottest shooter in the game right now as he poured in 23 points while hitting 7 of 11 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc.
For those of you who love good tidings of great joy and unlimited positivity, savor that sentence. That's the only positive thing you'll get from this post.
You can look at the numbers all you want. They won't tell you the story of how ugly, putrid and disgusting this game really was. Indiana out-rebounded the Celtics by 11, but it felt more like 30. The Pacers recorded 14 offensive rebounds on a night when they shot 41 percent from the field and it seemed like they were constantly getting second-chance opportunities. The Celtics shot 39 percent for the game themselves and were constantly one-and-done on offense. Boston's bench contributed a whopping 14 points to the affair. The C's scored 25—yes, 25—points in the first half. Not the first quarter, but the entire first half.
Like I said, all of these numbers don't even begin to tell you how bad things really were throughout the night. The officiating was bad, but it was bad for both teams and can't be used as anything but a cheap cop out for the Celtics' poor effort. The team was disorganized, sloppy and completely out of sorts on both ends of the floor. There were moments where the entire club looked like a group of chickens with their heads cut off as they ran around the court aimlessly. They looked nothing like the Celtics team that we have become accustomed to seeing on a nightly basis. No discipline on defense and tons of dribbling that led to isolation after isolation and turnover after turnover on offense.
Now they'll have four days off to dwell on this and let it stew in their minds before taking on the defending NBA champs. That should be fun.