PACERS 99, CELTICS 97: Banged-up C's can't finish comeback


Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo scored 27 points on 10-for-20 shooting Sunday, to go with 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals in a 99-97 win over the Boston Celtics. But, I'm going to grow more and more confident down there.

"I think (rest) will probably be the best thing, just instead of kind of hoping it gets better over the two or three days than it usually does". "I thought they took the steam out of us a little bit in the third quarter, but our guys battled and gave us a chance". The team announced Daniel Theis will miss the rest of the season due to a torn meniscus, while Marcus Smart could miss time due to a thumb injury, per Wojnarowski. This news overshadowed the outcome of the game as the Celtics fell to the Pacers 99-97.

"If he doesn't feel 100 percent, then we need to have him sit, and so I think that that is something that we've all talked about, and (that's) why he didn't come back in (against Indiana)".

The Celtics are really going to need this type of production from Tatum if Brown and Irving's injuries keep nagging at them.

"I don't know. I hope not", Irving said. "That's the last thing I want to do right now". Boston, already playing without All-Star big man Al Horford (illness) and Jaylen Brown (concussion), watched a 12-point lead evaporate as IN rallied for the win.

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The Pacers then turned to Myles Turner in the post--an area of concern all season long for Indiana-and the big fella answered with an aggressive go-ahead basket through Boston forward Marcus Morris.

Jayson Tatum missed the first of two free throws 17 seconds later, and Oladipo drove for his 25th point and a 95-90 IN lead with 1:14 left.

With Horford and Brown already sidelined along with Gordon Hayward, who hasn't played since breaking his leg in the first quarter of the season opener, the Celtics were without four members of their opening night starting five.

But Rozier's 3-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer for Boston's second loss in eight games since the All-Star break.

Kyrie Irving's injury provided the Indiana Pacers with an opening to overcome a sluggish start, and they didn't pass it up. "We were just trying to figure out ways to keep ourselves in it". Jayson Tatum added 19 points and Terry Rozier added 16 off the bench for Boston.