Originally written on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 1/4/13
Yes, the Pacers got beaten pretty badly by the Celtics (94-75), but I wasn't too cut up about it. It was, honestly, just one of those games. The Celtics commentators will praise the Boston defense for holding the Pacers to 31.8% shooting, the truth is that the Pacers simply missed a lot of open shots. Nothing was falling. Not even the free throws. The Pacers actually executed well early on and got a bunch of open shots, but they just couldn't hit anything. Eventually, the confidence started to drop and it just kept dropping, resulting in the final score line. Even when they were getting pummeled the Pacers hustled hard and kept crashing the boards. Their inability to stop Kevin Garnett (who was ejected in the fourth for a flagrant 2 on Tyler Hansbrough) and Rajon Rondo was expected, but the turnovers from weak passes did hurt. Anyway, the now 19-14 Pacers will look to move on quickly with a home against the Bucks, whom the Pacers have lost against twice already this seas...
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