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Game 55/66: Celtics (30-24) @ Pacers (34-21) Open Thread


Boston @ Indiana
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
7:00 PM EST

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 100.5 points/100 possessions (28th)
Indiana: 106.2 points/100 possessions (8th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 98.8 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Indiana: 103.0 points allowed/100 possessions (8th)

Probable Indiana Starters: Darren Collison (PG), Paul George (SG), Danny Granger (SF), David West (PF), Roy Hibbert (C)

Injury Report: Mickael Pietrus, Out (Concussion)

View From The Opposing Bench: 8 points, 9 seconds

Thumbnail: The Indiana Pacers are a strange bunch, not quite among the league’s elite, yet their youth, energy, and overwhelming confidence makes them one of the NBA’s most competitive teams. If you were to compare each player in their starting five with each player in Boston’s starting five, the Celtics would have a distinct advantage at almost every position. But, of course, this isn’t how basketball teams are weighed against one another, nor is it how the game is played

Last night Indiana dominated perhaps the league’s best team, Oklahoma City. It was a wonderful example of why the Pacers are so unrelenting and dangerous. When Roy Hibbert makes himself a focal point (21 and 12 last night), their offense becomes so versatile and unpredictable that defending it is nearly impossible. Almost everybody on their roster is capable of going off for a 20-point night, and no matter the unit Frank Vogel puts out there, the Pacers are giving 48 minutes of top notch defensive effort.

As was previously mentioned, this is the second night of a home back to back for the Pacers, and an opportune time for the rested and (hopefully) angry Celtics to attack. Rajon Rondo hasn’t had much success in the two games he’s faced them this year, but after putting up just eight shots in Thursday night’s clunker, expect him to be much more aggressive against the undersized Darren Collison. If he’s able to enter to the paint at will, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Indiana use the longer, more effective Paul George to try and slow him down, but if that happens look for Boston to exploit different mismatches elsewhere on the court.

The Pacers are a good team, but far from a great one. Watching them destroy the league’s best team in such a convincing fashion last night made me pause and wonder just how much noise they could make this postseason. But that’s just one game. In a playoff series, this team only has so much firepower they can throw, and after already seeing them three times this season, Boston should be well rested, and ready for everything they see.

Prediction: Boston 101 – Indiana 87

Twitter: @ShakyAnkles

  • yeah

    I hope we win this because David West

  • I_Love_Green

    That offensive efficiency makes me cringe. 28th ):

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  • ElRoz

    This one will be tough, but I find some hope in that the Celtics will be more rested/Indiana payed yesterday and that Boston will be a little angry and more focused.

    So that's the plus side that I see. Will this be enough? I hope so. It be nice to win tonight and have Phily lose at home to Orlando. Then come back to Boston and beat Phily there. Then the 4th seed is close to being secured.

  • ripsonics

    We MUST win this game.

    I expect big games from the big three tonight to get it done.

    Go C's

  • C'sBballFan

    It stinks how tomorrow night they are playing the Philly. They've played Philly twice and lost, each time being a SEGABABA. Tomorrow night they are playing Philly in another SEGABABA, which will be tough. I would've like to see the Celtics play Philly not in SEGABABA this regular season.

  • Lantrell Walker

    8 first quarter assists for Rondo, can you say basketball wizard?

  • hansgruber

    Maybe it's cause I just came from the bar and I'm a little tipsy but how was that a flagrant one on Rondo?

  • Switcharoo

    Stiemsa is having an A+ game so far 10 pts, 5 rebs and not to mention the blocks. This guy seems to have stepped his game UP!

  • -jp

    This really is horrible officiating, the call on Ray was straight up Phantom!

  • hansgruber

    This game has my vote for worst officiated game ever.

  • Kafel

    This should be the last day at job for these officials.. What a crappy thing to watch.

  • onecowboytoo

    8 on 5 baby.

  • someguyinsac

    What a win, I really liked it!

  • Switcharoo

    Thats the same official pierce punch, wonder if he has some bad blood for the C’s lol. Still great game tonight, looks like Docs lil pep talk struck home.

  • ElRoz

    Almost all points in the 4th were scored by the big 3: KG with 10, Ray with 9, Pierce with 6….pretty good!

    VERY GLAD to see Sasha and Stiemsma come through…quality contribution from these guys are very important.

    Just wondering: is everything ok with Dooling? He played only 2 min last game and no minutes tonight. Hopefully he is healthy.

    • red

      Hes Ok,if the team is playing well he is right where he belongs

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