And then there were nine.
The Celtics finished the game against Indiana with nine active players after Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine left with injuries. They also finished with their second loss in a row, 97-84, to the Pacers.
Allen left the game with 3:01 remaining in the third quarter with a left knee injury. He was taken to New England Baptist hospital for an MRI.
With 3:01 remaining in the third quarter, Allen was fouled by Pacers forward Stephen Jackson. After the play was over, Allen went up for a dunk and came down on the floor writhing in pain and clutching his left knee. He had to be carried off the floor and into the Celtics locker room.
Allen’s 19 points were leading the Celtics up to that point. Delonte West, not in uniform because of an injury, ran to the locker room as Allen was being carried off the floor.
Celtics foward Brian Scalabrine, who left the game in the first half with a right knee injury, was also taken to New England Baptist for an MRI.
Allen played 33 minutes for the Celtics and led them on both ends of the court before going down. Allen’s 19 points were leading the Celtics up to that point.
The Celtics fell apart without Allen, allowing the Pacers so stretch a five-point lead into an 18-point cushion. Jermaine O’Neal led the Pacers with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Gerald Green started in place of the injured Wally Szczerbiak and seemed to shake off any apprehensions about being in the first five. A couple of thunderous dunks helped ease the nerves for the high-flying Green, who finished with 14 points in 44 minutes.
Michael Olowokandi, who was active for Boston, did not play.