Boston: 98.9 points/100 possessions (19th)
Indiana: 98.7 points/100 possessions (20th)
Boston: 95.8 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
Indiana: 96.0 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Boston: Sherrod Blakely says Ray Allen “looks like a go.” Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O’Neal, and Keyon Dooling are all questionable.
Indiana: Jeff Foster is out. A.J. Price is questionable.
Probable Indiana Starters: Darren Collison (PG), Paul George (SG), Danny Granger (SF), David West (PF), Roy Hibbert (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Eight Points, Nine Seconds
Roy Hibbert has come a looooong way since his Georgetown days, although he still can’t get a contract extension before free agency. Too bad for him but it could be a nice consolation prize for a team with a lot of cap room and no Dwight Howard. It’s almost impossible for teams not to overpay for a guy like Hibbert because almost any fair offer will be instantly matched by the Pacers. Such is life under a salary cap.
But that is next year and there are plenty of things to discuss between now and then. Most importantly, the game tonight!
Did anyone happen to catch last night’s game? I turned it off after the first quarter. Man, this team isn’t going anywhere, huh? How much did they end up losing by?
Tonight, the Celtics will have to get off the schneid by facing the Pacers, a team they have yet to beat this season. Despite being on the SEGABABA, this could be the Celtics’ best chance of beating the Pacers. They may have a 3-2 record since beating Boston, but the Pace-Setters have lost to the Kings and to the Magic, badly. Even in some of their wins, they’re either turning the ball over (around 18 times a game) or shooting in the low 40 percent range.
I wrote that the Pacers haven’t been playing their best basketball lately in today’s Three on Three and have been catching some heat from Pacer fans. What they don’t realize is that I’m actually complimenting the Pacers. I think they can player better than how they’re playing now, which makes a prospective playoff series scary. But alas, sports fans are dumb.
The Celtics will have their work cut out for them tonight as the Pacers can really score the basketball. Luckily, the C’s defense has not only proven that they can lock a team down, but they have also shown immense resilience over the past two games. Doc Rivers will have to go deep into his bench tonight given the game last night and the travel time from Orlando to Boston, but he appears to have that luxury for the time being.
I can’t wait to find out what happens!
Pacers 99, Celtics 99