Shorthanded Celtics remove to Pacers in overtime

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INDIANAPOLIS — About 75 mins before Friday’s diversion with a Indiana Pacers, Celtics core Brandan Wright was called into Brad Stevens’s office. He had been traded to a Phoenix Suns.

The Celtics continued to ready for a game, including Jeff Green.

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Green returned to a locker room after a pregame examination and afterwards jumped on his cellphone, training that he was approaching being dealt to a Memphis Grizzlies. Green had a group attendant sequence food and watched a diversion from a locker room.

So a Celtics, shorthanded and stunned, sleepwalked by a initial 3 buliding offensively, staying tighten with defense. Then suddenly, a offense seemed and a Celtics sent a diversion into overtime with Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left in regulation.

The stirring convene was considerable yet a Celtics missed some pivotal shots down a stretch, including a potentially tying, wide-open 3-pointer from Kelly Olynyk in a 107-103 detriment during Bankers Life Fieldhouse.











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Without Green, their heading scorer, a Celtics shot only 39.8 percent from a margin for a second uninterrupted diversion yet a invulnerability scrapped and fought. Indiana shot 37 percent, including a total 10 for 30 from David West and Roy Hibbert.

Evan Turner had a possibility to put a Celtics brazen in overtime yet his layup was blocked by Hibbert and Turner afterwards missed a putback with 12.9 seconds left. C.J. Miles sank dual giveaway throws for a 3-point lead before Olynyk’s vicious miss.

Still, Stevens, who looked weathered after a prolonged day traffic with a changes, seemed gratified with a effort.

“They did a lot of good things,” he said. “I speedy them. It’s a singular day. A tough day and we came out and battled even yet we couldn’t make a shot by a initial 3 quarters. We played with a lot of purpose, generally on a defensive finish a final integrate of games. It’s too bad we didn’t get that [win] since we had a possibility to get it.”

About 50 mins before tip-off, Green pronounced he approaching to play. He was listed as a starter, yet he did not join his teammates on a court, with Jae Crowder holding his place in a lineup.

The Celtics played as if they were shorthanded, sharpened 35.2 percent by a initial 3 buliding and trailing, 65-60. They missed 17 of their initial 20 3-point attempts, and a twin of Turner and Bradley were 5-for-22 shooting.

“It’s not a daze during all, it’s partial of a business,” pronounced Bradley, one of Green’s closest friends on a team. “We’re all professionals and all we can do is concentration on a game. That’s what we were all doing. We still don’t know what’s going on and all we can do is concentration on Toronto [on Saturday].

“Off a court, they’re apparently my brothers, yet all we can do is wish a best for them and concentration on removing wins.”

The Celtics kept grinding, even after descending behind, 77-64, following Donald Sloan’s 3-pointer with 8:34 left in a fourth quarter. Boston responded with a 12-2 run, sparked by Bradley’s fringe sharpened and Marcus Smart’s defense.

After West’s giveaway throws with 8.6 seconds left gave Indiana a 94-91 lead, Bradley responded with a 3-pointer from in front of a Celtics’ bench. Bradley scored 21 of his 23 points after halftime.

Boston missed 10 of 14 shots and 5 of 6 3-pointers in overtime, ruining a possibility for a rewarding victory.

“Our concentration was on Indiana,” brazen Jared Sullinger said. “We wish those dual [Green and Wright] a best, generally Jeff for all a years he’s been here. Once you’re out there, you’re perplexing to win a basketball game, and even yet a lid was on a basket, we went out there and played hard.”

Turner, who sealed with a Celtics in a offseason and is now one of their some-more gifted players, pronounced a group is still seeking consistency.

“Obviously that takes a lot as a unit,” he said. “[The situation] was flattering crazy. We only had to flog it out of a head. It was shocking. That’s never unequivocally happened in my career where somebody gets traded before a game. So we accepted what was going on. Coach attempted to speak to us and keep us focused.

“A man like Jeff is really a tough loss. We’re still perplexing to get used to everybody and find a mojo among any other. So it was tough.”

Gary Washburn can be reached during gwashburn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GwashburnGlobe.

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