Good, bad, & ugly: Everything but the points

Good, bad, & ugly: Everything but the points
March 11, 2014, 11:00 pm
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The Boston Celtics have too many games under their belt this season to be happy with good performances that end in defeat.

But there was plenty for the Celtics to be pleased with following Tuesday's 94-83 loss to Indiana.

Boston cut Indiana's down to just one point in the fourth quarter, but couldn't make that game-altering play or two in order to get over the hump.

And the end result was yet another loss.

"Everything went great except for the ball going into the basket," Boston head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the loss.

The Celtics shot just 35.2 percent from the field while the Pacers, snapping a four-game losing streak with Tuesday's win, connected on 54.8 percent of their shots.

Even though the Celtics and Pacers are polar opposites when it comes to winning this season, you would not have known that by how Boston managed to stay within striking distance most of the night.

"We kept battling," said Boston's Jeff Green. "We all played together, we all played hard. That's what we need every night."

And with that here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Boston's loss on Tuesday that drops them to 22-42 which means they will finish the season with a losing record.

The Good

Offensive rebounding

Boston absolutely crushed the Pacers on the offensive by a decisive 20-8 margin that resulted in a 25-8 edge in second-chance points.

"Just effort" was how Jeff Green described Boston's big night on the offensive boards. "Making the second effort ... continue to be aggressive and go get the ball."

Chris Johnson

Johnson provided a much-needed spark for the Celtics with 14 points off the bench along with three rebounds and a pair of steals.

The Bad

Jeff Green

The roller coaster of a season for Boston's leading scorer continues as Green finished with 12 points but missed 13 of his 16 shots from the field.

The Ugly

Celtics shooting

It's rare that a teams dominates the offensive boards the way Boston does and still shoots horribly from the field. It's actually kind of scary when you think about how much worst the Celtics' 35.2 percent shooting would have been if not for their strong showing on the offensive glass.