If there was a time for a letdown, it came last night. Just like when the Pacers took care of the Heat and lost the next game at New Jersey, this same thing happened last night. The Pacers beat Oklahoma City on Friday night, and then couldn’t do much against the Boston Celtics losing 86-72. This was probably one of the lower point totals for the Pacers after hitting at least 100 points in the previous four or five games.
Danny Granger did what he could hitting for 20 points. David West had a good night of shooting, and hit for 16 points. But overall, the team couldn’t make a basket at times with their field goal percentage right around 35 percentage. And hitting 5 three pointers on 22 attempts isn’t going to win many games.
All evening, it felt like the Pacers wouldn’t be able to match that energy of the night before, and Boston kept on scoring. At one point in the second quarter, the Pacers hadn’t even scored a basket. They ended up with 14 points in that same quarter and were still within striking distance at 10 points. But Boston got the lead up to 17 and the Pacers were just flat out done in that fourth quarter.
Not much to take away from this game, and it’s one of those forget and move on games. The Pacers still have a hold on the third spot in the Eastern Conference and should be able to keep that if they are able to take care of the bad teams down the stretch that they play. The rest of this schedule is very favorable as it’s against sub .500 teams. The Pacers know what they have to do, time to go out and get it done.