Boston Celtics defeat Indiana Pacers, 103-94

Did the TD Garden gathering last night fully appreciate the magnitude of what they witnessed as the Celtics took on the Indiana Pacers?

I wonder.

But among the participants was that rarest of all NBA species - a full-blown, four-year college star, and not just any star but the player logically anointed College Player of the Decade by the Sporting News.

Was there another choice, really? What college player’s résumé in the 2000s came even remotely close to the dazzl...

It would have been a Blue Christmas without this one, and I promise that’s the end of the seasonal metaphors.

But imagine if the Celtics had lost to the 9-17 Indiana Pacers for the second time this season and thus turned a nice little soft spot in the schedule into a coal-in-the-stocking - sorry, but sometimes it’s hard to resist - 1-2 homestand.

Humbug, I tell you!

Ah, but when it was over there were relaxing sighs and smiles all around. The Celtics awoke from th...

The oddest part was not hearing his voice.

Kevin Garnett wasn’t barking out assignments. He wasn’t yelling out screens. He wasn’t even on the Celtics’ bench for last night’s 103-94 win over the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden.

A bruised right thigh forced him to sit out, and it wasn’t just that Garnett wasn’t there, his voice was missing, too.

The Celtics were without their defensive leader, and the Pacers noticed. Between Earl Watson and Mike Dunleavy, they threw dar...