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Indiana at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden
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Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 98.9 points/100 possessions (19th)
Indiana: 98.7 points/100 possessions (20th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 95.8 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
Indiana: 96.0 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)

Key Injuries:
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

THUMBNAIL

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!

PREDICTION
Pacers 99, Celtics 99

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  • I_Love_Green

    Nice prediction!

    Nobody wins!! Its a tie!

  • ripsonics

    Haha yeah… I don't get the prediction, and I'd make one but I'm too superstitious!

    Get a WIN!

    Go C's

  • skeeds

    See the thing is, you don't know where to go now, do you? I mean, we're balling like crazy right now. But, we're still old as f!#k. Anyone off the bench could have a great night, but we might also not click and be so tired that we blow it.

    God this is exciting. I'll take a guess. I'll guess everyone, (especially the bench) will be on a high from last night, for most those 2 games were the best they've played in years.
    But, no one will be more excited than Rayray who became a dad for the 5th time yesterday. I'm gonna say Ray makes 6 trays.

  • lakershater13

    I am just hoping KG has enough energy tonight after his interview last night…"bar fight!"

  • ElRoz

    Hope to see Wilcox play more…he has got energy and is pretty good at finishing…goes right in…

    If Ray can play, and Wilcox can give them some minutes – 20-25 – along with Stiemsma, that could provide some relief to those who played yesterday.

    Every time JO has a nice game…he misses the next two.

  • ElRoz

    Dooling has been a bust….no luck with this guy….like Delonte West last season…just frustration, and that's it.

  • Tos

    Dooling hasn’t been a bust, he’s been able to hit some clutch 3s. And he will continue to. The bust has been Wilcox.

    • smalltownID

      Dooling sucks compared to what we lost in Delonte.

      • smalltownID

        He's getting paid 3X's what Delonte is btw.

        • Mark

          We used a trade exception to get Dooling so he was "free". Delonte would have been signed without using that space. Ainge was smart in not wasting the exception.

          I would still prefer Delonte being here over Dooling. Delonte is Celtic green to his core. Not a high level athlete but big time blue collar.

          • I_Love_Green

            We also got a draft pick with him

  • Mark

    <q>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.</q>

    Hibbert would be a nice consolation prize if we can't/don't get Dwight.

  • I_Love_Green

    Solid first quarter, but lets see if we can keep it up. Gonna have to fight hard for this one.

  • hdavenport

    17 points for Indiana in each quarter. Celtics have allowed a total of 173 points in their last ten quarters. 173/10 = 17.3 points per quarter.

  • I_Love_Green

    We stay winnin!

  • hdavenport

    Bill Kennedy really did his worst tonight.

    • Eric

      I despise him.