Good, Bad, Ugly: Half of a good game

Good, Bad, Ugly: Half of a good game
November 22, 2013, 11:00 pm
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BOSTON — Yet again the Boston Celtics played well in spurts.

And yet again it wasn't enough as the Indiana Pacers used a stellar second half to pull away for a 97-80 win over the Celtics.

Boston (4-10) has now lost six in a row, many of which have followed a similar script to Friday's loss.

"We didn't complete it (the game)," said Boston's Jordan Crawford. "We didn't finish strong for 48 minutes. That's what you take out of it."

The Celtics led 50-42 at the half following Crawford's buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

From there, it all went downhill for the Celtics who are off to their worst start since the 1996-1997 when they lost 14 of their first 18 games.

Throughout the losing this season, players have been able to come to terms with the fact that they're in the midst of a rebuilding process, and losses such as the one they suffered on Friday come with the territory.

Still, that doesn't make the losing any more palatable.

"Having a good half is having a good half," Crawford said. "That's pretty much what it is."

And with that we have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from another Boston loss that now has the Celtics off to the franchise's worst start since the 1996-1997 season.

You remember that year, right?

That was the year being really bad was supposed to be really good, and would result in Boston getting Tim Duncan with the Number one pick, only that went to San Antonio and the Celtics had to settle for Chauncey Billups and ... no need to dredge up any more of those dark days. The present is bleak enough as it is, right?

THE GOOD

Jordan Crawford

As well as he played in the first half, it was a given that he couldn't keep it up in the second half. Still, Crawford had a nice game for the Celtics in finishing with a team-high 24 points and four assists with all but three of his points coming in the first half.

THE BAD

Gerald Wallace

Watching Wallace tonight, I couldn't help but think of his comments following the Houston - the ones that got him a $15,000 fine - when he said at the time, "I don't know what (expletive) that was." Many of us kind of felt that way about his game on Friday night when he scored two points but turned the ball over five times. And while the Pacers defense is really good, a number of Wallace's mistakes were self-inflicted, bone-head blunders that he knows should not have happened.

"I just have to go out and play and be myself," Wallace said. "Let the game come to me. I've been trying to adjust and try to distribute more, get guys involved. I think my turnovers are like eight a game or something. I just have to go out and play the way I know how to play."

THE UGLY

Rebounding

There were a number of areas that the Pacers just seemed to be wearing down the Celtics, but none was more statistically obvious than rebounding. The Pacers increased their rebounding margin each of the four quarters, beginning with a plus-1 after the first, plus-2 at the half, plus-7 after three quarters before finishing with a 10-rebound advantage.

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