Nice win by the Celtics yesterday. The Pacers are decimated by injuries, but it looked like they gave up in the fourth quarter, as the Celtics outscored them 31-17 to turn a close 72-71 game into a 103-88 rout. Doc Rivers missed the game due to the death of his father-in-law, and assistant Tony Brown filled in well. Brown took a chance at the start of the fourth quarter, keeping all of his starters on the bench to start the period. It paid off, as youngsters Tony Allen, Orien Greene, and Gerald Green all made important contributions to extending the Celtics lead.
Unfortunately, the Celtics reward is to host the Lakers tonight. Kobe Bryant missed a potential game-winning shot yesterday against the Caviliers, so he should be fired up for this one.