It was shaping up to be another disappointing loss for the Celtics. They started off strong and were finally starting to hit 3 point shots for the first time in awhile. However, the Celtics began to fade in the second half and found themselves trailing in the closing minutes of the game. Then something awesome happened, the Celtics played incredible defense. Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart came up with two clean steals at the end of the game for easy fast-break points.
This was a game the Celtics desperately needed to win and they showed some guts at the end of the game. In a season where the main criticism of the Celtics is that they don't have a finisher. They simply don't have that go to guy and relying on Isiah Thomas, an undersized guard, to be their closer isn't a winning formula. Finally, the Celtics were able to win a game without relying so much on Isiah Thomas. Jae Crowder showed up, Marcus Smart showed up and the Celtics beat one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference in the Pacers. It has been an awful stretch for the Celtics, so it is about time they gave the fans something to cheer about.
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