Celtics lose fourth straight, 97-83 to Pacers


Celtics lose fourth straight, 97-83 to Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS New venue with a new name, but it's still the same old - and we do mean old - Boston Celtics.

The Indiana Pacers closed out the first quarter with a furious run and never looked back in handing the Celtics a 97-83 defeat at the Bankers Life (formerly called Conseco) Fieldhouse.

Indiana (9-3) was led by Danny Granger's team-high 21 points.

Boston (4-7) has now lost four in a row, and their overall record hasn't been this bad to start a season since 2006 - the year before Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett came aboard.

The problems on Saturday weren't all that different than the problems that have plagued the C's all season.

After playing well for most of the first quarter, the Pacers capped the quarter off with a 10-0 run and led, 29-24 after the first.

From there, Indiana pulled ahead by as many as 13 in the second before settling on a 56-48 halftime lead.

The third quarter was more of the same as Indiana's control only increased. One of the few positives for Boston was the scoring of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett who each finished with 21 points.

But the poor finish in the first, continued problems rebounding the ball and a rotation that has little to no chemistry, were all factors that ultimately sealed the Celtic's fate.

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but . . . can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but . . . can I have your jersey?

Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster. 

Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh. 

The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad."


Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request. 

"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."

Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment. 

"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."