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Live From Indiana, It's Celtics Basketball tonight!

       Anytime the Celtics play the Pacers I can't but help think about the battles we would have against them towards the Original Big Threes end run together.  Especially that playoff series in 91 - an epic five game series. Followed by 92 where the Celtics swept them under the rug. Despite age and injury Bird, McHale and Parish always left it on the floor. 

     1st Quarter 

      My hope for tonight, I want solid, good basketball on both ends of the floor. I want to see ball movement, screens being set, pick and rolls, and DRIVING TO THE HOOP! On D I expect active hands, crisp switches, and hustle. We need to see Ime get plays where they Jays can play off of each other. Time to get back to 500, then we can watch this team make a run and show they can be a force to reckon with.

     JT hits his 700th three, while I'm not big on the three, it's pretty impressive. Love seeing JT kicking to JB for three we need our big dawgs to be cohesive. So far we are seeing decent ball movement, and good spacing. JB to JT for three, another play where they are finding each other! So far the Jays are balling tonight, need to keep this up the entire game! Let's Go! 

     2nd Quarter 

     Need to keep up not turning the ball over, if we can keep the turnovers to a minimum we should have a very effective second quarter. Nice to see PP back out there, Ime needs to play this kid more often with the Jays. He can spread the floor for the Jays and force the D to make some tough decisions. Nice watching Al MAN UP Sabonis and take him to the hoop for two. Use that old man body and move to school the young one! 

     Defense isn't cutting it, so far the D isn't living up to what we wanted to see. They have made a few plays, but right now the Pacers are having their way and playing hard nosed ball. Given who their coach is, it makes sense. Maybe the Celtics can regroup and dig deep and play some hard core D. Give us the hustle, heart, and fire we deserve as fans. Get it going! 

     3rd Quarter 

      After a few shaky minutes at the end of the second, the Celtics have come out of the half ready to assert themselves and build up the lead. Playing with pace and confidence they are doing what needs to be done. Here's a thought continue to push the gas and run all over the Pacers. It's the Indy 500 and we need to roll them all the way to the finish line. This team needs to take on that destroy weaker teams mentality. 

     Just like that, I think they heard me, and the Celtics have pushed the lead to 15. Don't let up fellas, this could be a nice Segway into a win streak, or at least growth as a team. Taking a team lesser than you and wiping the floor with them! Defensively the Celtics are dictating what the Pacers are doing overall. Side note Al to RWill on the OOP! Double Big! We need to attack the hoop and bury these guys!

     4th Quarter 

     The key to success is finishing things off in the final quarter, which has been a problem for these Boston Celtics. Now is the time to change that narrative, come out with that killer instinct. Need the Jays to be the catalysts of this fourth quarter quest and secure the win! If Tommy Heinsohn were still here, he would be saying run, run, run! Push the ball, and he would want to be giving out Tommy points! 

     What do you know, the Celtics are still playing well into the fourth. In a game that should end with them being at 500, today's win shows growth. Why because they played an inferior team, and wiped the floor with them. Both Jays played at a high level, the team effort was there, and they didn't blow the lead! They played a good fourth quarter. Now the next two games will be a challenge, Philly and Chicago. Ya know what they can win them both if the Jays ball like they did tonight! Bleed Green! 



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