The end of the NBA regular season is in sight, less than a month away. If the Indiana Pacers want to play past their last game at Orlando Magic, they have to maintain the type of effort they put for last night, even if it did result in a loss to the Boston Celtics.
Sometimes you run into a better team playing just as hard. The breaks aren't falling your way, nor are your shots. It happens, but there's no reason to change course. The Pacers have had wild fluctuations in mood, effort and results throughout the season. Because of that, there's no time left for anything but a consistent, grinding effort over the remaining 14 games.
Keep grinding away and the shots will fall, you'll make your own breaks and win some games you're not expect to win. Tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls would be a nice start, but if not so be it. No time for a confidence lag, go at Memphis on Saturday with the same fervor, and so on. Mental toughness hasn't been this teams strong suit throughout this season, but now is the time to show some resolve.
Speaking of the Bulls, congratulation to Nate Sperka, winner of the MS Awareness Night Ticket giveaway for the game on Friday night. Also, still have a few hours left to join the Indy Cornrows NCAA Tournament Pick 'Em for site bragging rights. Thanks to bleedinblueandgold for setting it up!
After the jump, a few links of interest from last night's loss along with Danny Granger offering some English lessons.
- Box Score
PACERS: Game Rewind: Celtics 92, Pacers 80
Game Rewind has all of the notes, quotes, numbers and highlights from the loss last night.
If this is preview, it'll be a scary movie | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Mike Wells reports on the Pacers getting locked up by Boston's defense last night.
- AP: Celtics back on top with 92-80 victory over Pacers
Celtics get control and return to form - The Boston Globe
Julian Benbow reports on the C's getting back on the winning track.
Jeff Green and Co. more than keep up Pace for Celtics - BostonHerald.com
Mark Murphy reports on the Celtics second unit making a difference last night.
- Celtics' Bench Regulates Against Pacer (RIP Nate Dogg) - Celtics Blog
Learn adjectives from an NBA star - "Franchise/Role Player - Danny Granger"
Learn English adjectives from NBA All-Star Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers. Topic: role player vs franchise player.
Basketball Prospectus | The NBA Perspective
Kevin Pelton offers some tips on watching the NCAA tournament for NBA fans.