Monday, July 7, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Pacers 96, Celtics 77
By Chris Forsberg
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rapid reaction after the Indiana Pacers defeated the Boston Celtics 96-77 at summer league in Orlando on Monday at the Amway Center:
THE NITTY GRITTY
Willie Reed scored a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Kevin Jones added 17 points as the Pacers dominated the middle frames. For Boston, Marcus Smart again struggled with his shot, connecting on just 3 of 15 shots (1-of-5 beyond the 3-point arc) while finishing with 11 points to go along with four assists and three rebounds over 27:29. Kelly Olynyk scored a team-high 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting in a team-high 31 minutes and added six rebounds and four assists. The Celtics put five players in double figures, including reserve guard Edwin Jackson (14 points, 8-of-8 at the free throw line). Mike Moser had another solid effort off the bench, chipping in 11 points (behind a trio of 3-pointers), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block over 20:31.
The Celtics dominated the first quarter and led by as much as 18 (30-12) late in the frame. Boston then fell asleep at the wheel and, beset by foul trouble, watched Indiana close the second quarter on a 22-2 run as the Pacers took a 48-41 advantage. Indy dominated the early portion of the third quarter, putting the game out of reach.
• The Celtics went with the same starting five in Phil Pressey, Smart, Chris Johnson, Olynyk and Colton Iverson. Dairis Bertans, Moser and Jackson were the early subs, with O.D. Anosike and Chris Babb getting early run as well. Devin Oliver played late.
• Rookie James Young did not play. He was with the team and got shots up during halftime.
• Chris Johnson, the Celtics' plus/minus darling during the regular season, finished a team-worst minus-36.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Celtics fall to 1-1 at summer league. After starting fast, they got outscored 65-27 in the middle frames and couldn't recover. Boston will take Tuesday off before returning to action on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons.