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Monday, 07 July 2014 21:29

Celtics Defense Collapses in 19-Point Defeat

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The Indiana Pacers live at the free throw line, connecting on 31-45 freebies, and the Boston Celtics let the game get away from them in the third quarter. Marcus Smart struggles again with his shot, while Kelly Olynyk pours in a team high 15 points.

Two days after defeating the defending champion Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics fell to the Indiana Pacers Monday afternoon at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL, 96-77.

Marcus Smart continued to work off the rust in his jump shot, connecting on just 3-15 from the field, including 1-5 from deep. He ended the afternoon with 11 points, 4 assists, and three rebounds.

The Celtics were able to get off to a blistering start, leading by a score of 30-12 late in the first quarter. Indiana, however, closed out the second quarter on their own 22-2 run, giving Indiana the advantage, 48-41, going into halftime.

Behind the efforts from Willie Reed, a second year big man out of St. Louis, the Pacers were able to finish off the Celtics early on in the third quarter, essentially putting the game out of reach.

Reed finished with a game high 18 points on 8-12 shooting, while Kevin Jones chipped in with 17 points.

Boston used the same starting lineup – Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Colton Iverson, along with Smart – as they did in Saturday’s game. The Celtics used 11 subs in all.

Dairis Bertans, Mike Moser, and Edwin Jackson subbed in early, while Chris Babb and O.D. Anosike also received decent playing time. Devin Oliver also checked in for just under five minutes of run.

Summer League stud, Olynyk, ended the game with team highs of 15 points and 31 minutes of playing time to go along with six rebounds and four assists.

As a team, the Celtics were able to put five players in double figure scoring, including Moser, who had his second straight solid outing. The rookie out of Oregon coneected on three trifectas, to go along with six rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal.

James Young was once again held out of game action, but was spotted taking shots during halftime.

Boston will continue its summer league tour with a game against Detroit on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on NBATV. 

Cory Prescott

Cory Prescott is a Celtics beat reporter for CLNS Radio. Currently, he also writes for Boston Sports Then & Now. A recent addition to CLNS Radio, Cory owns a degree in Communications - Journalism from Susquehanna University, where he spent three years as the sports editor for the school's weekly newspaper, working as well for the Crusaders Athletics Communications Department.

Following graduation, Cory spent time writing for Maine Hockey Journal, as well as his own blog, Brain Freeze. A native Mainer, Cory has been residing in Boston for the past two years. Follow Cory on twitter @CoryPrescott7