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Celtics steamroll Pacers for blowout win

Celtics steamroll Pacers for blowout win

BOSTON --For the Boston Celtics, the climb up the Eastern Conference standings will have to include overcoming the Indiana Pacers.

Consider Wednesday’s game a step in the right direction as the Celtics took control from the outset and stomped Indiana, 135-108.

The win extended Boston’s winning streak to four in a row, all of which came in the friendly confines of the TD Garden.

Boston (25-15) hopes to keep the good times rolling as they hit the road for their next three games, the first of which will be tomorrow night in Miami.

But first things first:

Boston had to take care of an Indiana team that has had the best record (14-3) in the NBA since Dec. 4.

And the Celtics did just that by opening the game with an 18-8 run before eventually pulling ahead by as many as 27 points.

Indiana (27-14), playing its fourth game in six nights, looked like a team running on empty from the outset.

Making matters even more difficult for them was that they would be without Myles Turner due to a shoulder injury.

But the Celtics were missing big man Aron Baynes (left fourth metacarpal fracture) who won’t return until, at the earliest, sometime near the end of next week.

Not only did the win extend Boston’s winning streak but just as important, it moved them one win closer to their uphill climb towards the Eastern Conference mountaintop.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 27-point win over the Pacers.

STARS

Marcus Morris: The most consistent Celtic all season, it was yet another highly efficient night for Morris. He led the Celtics with 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting which included him making all three of his 3-pointers to go with shooting a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. And he did it in just 23 minutes.

Domantas Sabonis: The Pacers looked like an energy-drained team most of the game; that is except for Domantas Sabonis who led the Pacers with 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting to go with seven rebounds and five assists.

STUDS

Jayson Tatum: This was one of the strongest starts we’ve seen from Jayson Tatum like, ever. Boston opened with an 18-8 run, with Tatum scoring 11 points during the spurt. He would finish with 20 points on 9-for-15 shooting to go with four rebounds.

Celtics bench: Boston’s second unit was in equal opportunity annihilation mode on Wednesday. Led by Jaylen Brown’s 22 points, Boston’s bench outscored Indiana’s backups 73-47.

DUDS

Victor Oladipo: This was a bad game by anyone’s definition for Victor Oladipo. He scored 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting which isn’t too shabby. But he had little to no impact on the game, something that should never happen to an all-star of his caliber. He grabbed three rebounds but didn’t have a single assist. And to top it off, he missed four of his six free throw attempts.

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Celtics center Enes Kanter gifts Bill and Hillary Clinton with Celtics jerseys

Celtics center Enes Kanter gifts Bill and Hillary Clinton with Celtics jerseys

Enes Kanter has made quite a few headlines on social media since joining the Boston Celtics this offseason. And on Monday night, he continued to make some waves.

Kanter posted pictures of himself meeting with former president Bill Clinton and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Kanter gifted both with custom Celtics jerseys and detailed a conversation he had with Bill in a recent tweet.

Clinton's savvy Kyrie Irving joke shows that he must be following the team. Perhaps he became a Celtics fan when he attended law school at Yale. But either way, his allegiance appears to be with the Celtics.

According to another tweet, Kanter was meeting with the Clintons to discuss human rights violations in Turkey. The Turkish Kanter has openly spoken out against Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

This likely won't be the last time that Kanter meets with political figures during his Celtics career.

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Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck teams up with Michael Jordan, other NBA owners to launch ultra-premium tequila

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck teams up with Michael Jordan, other NBA owners to launch ultra-premium tequila

What do the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, and Milwaukee Bucks all have in common?

No, they didn't all make the playoffs last year. The Lakers and Hornets didn't quite make the cut last year.

No, they're not all in the Eastern Conference. Though the Lakers used to reside in Minneapolis, they are a member of the Western Conference.

Do you give up? Well, the answer is that their owners are partnering together to launch a high-end tequila company, Cincoro Tequila. Darren Rovell was among those that reported the news on Monday, along with the cost per bottle.

This project will involve some of the most influential owners in the NBA in long-time Lakers owner and executive Jeanie Buss, Hornets owner and one of the greatest to play the game of basketball, Michael Jordan, Bucks owner Wes Edens, and, of course, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and his wife, Emilia Fazzalari.

It will be interesting to see if this company pans out. If it does, certainly expect Cincoro to have a presence in the NBA. And who knows? Maybe it will have a bit of a presence with the Celtics once it launches.

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