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.

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan


Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.