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Game 60: Celtics (32-27) @ Pacers (38-22) Open Thread

 

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2012/0227/bos_g_green_576.jpgBoston at Indiana
7:00 P.M. ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse

CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.5 points/100 possessions (21st)
Indiana:
101.0 points/100 possessions (19th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.4 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Indiana:
 95.5 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)

Probable Pacers Starters:
George Hill (PG), Lance Stephenson (SG), Paul George (SF), David West (PF), and Roy Hibbert (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Thumbnail: After the Celtics moved past the 76ers, here come three playoff teams to face Boston. Two of those three games will be on the road, and no away games are easy for the Celtics in 2012-13. That especially includes Wednesday’s contest against the Pacers. It has been comforting to see the Celtics finding their stroke away from home recently. They have won three of their last four road games. In those three victories, the Celtics have registered an offensive efficiency of at least seven points better than their average this season.

That trend will be tough to continue on Wednesday in Indiana against the most defensively efficient team in the NBA. The Pacers’ current defensive efficiency is on pace to be their second-best one in franchise history. One of the reasons why this Indiana team is very strong on the defensive end is their rebounding percentage. The Pacers have a league-best 52.7 rebounding rate. In addition, they have won seven of their last eight games. With the Celtics struggling on offense and rebounding this season, they will have some trouble at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Before the tough game, the Celtics will be able to see their old friend, Gerald Green. After starting the season with a lot of playing time, he has fallen out of the rotation. However, Danny Granger being shut down for a week could lead to more minutes for Green. Speaking of small forwards, Paul Pierce has once again has been putting up fantastic numbers over his last few games. For just the third time since 2007-08, he has scored at least 18 points and grabbed at least seven rebounds in four consecutive contests. Given how many minutes he has played in his career, this is an impressive accomplishment for the 35-year-old.

Prediction: Pierce, who is just two minutes behind Hal Greer for the 27th-most minutes played in NBA history, passes Greer and keeps up his hot streak to lead the Celtics to the upset over the Pacers.

Celtics 93, Pacers 92

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  • someguyinsac

    Reduce the turnovers and improve the chances of winning tonight. Looking forward to see what AB brings the game tonight too, hopefully it's a little Déjà vu like from his game yesterday.

  • hydrofluoric

    Celtics 92, Pacers 86

  • Theotherguy

    Bass will need to step up big time this game.

  • jman

    Grit and balls men. Hopefully Kg reminds them.

  • The Cardinal

    SeaBass is definitely in backasswards mode tonight. Geez…it's like his brain thinks something but his body is on a time delay.

  • Anthony

    WTF is Bass doing? In 3 consecutive possessions:

    1) tried to drive instead of giving ball to JGreen; 2) tried to run fastbreak by himself; 3) make a lazy pass to a guy 5 ft away from him.

    Let's see some DJ White instead.

    • Anthony

      I hate the refs right now. Let them play!

      • hydrofluoric

        It took White like 5 minutes to establish that he deserves minutes. And now Brandon Bass is playing again… that's two and-1s he's given up…

        • Anthony

          I'm with you, Bass needs to be out of the game. White seems pretty athletic and had two nice rotations for blocks. I think that showed more than what Bass has done IMO.

          Wilcox' defense is very frustrating as well but what can you do when the refs call ticky tack fouls on KG.

  • The Cardinal

    So far during the 3rd quarter, the starters just seem a half step slow and Pierce is pressing. I'd love to see Crawford and Williams sub for two of the starters.

    • D-up

      We need some energy.

  • hydrofluoric

    I think the refs are trying to make it up to us… KG just got obliterated and blocked but got bailed out by the refs.

    • hydrofluoric

      Edit: never mind, makeup call on the other end.

  • Danny

    This has been one of the most unevenly one sidedly reffed games I’ve seen in a while. I think even pacers fans would have to admit that.

    • The Cardinal

      The refs have made about 4 or 5 critical non-calls that have benefited Indy.

  • hydrofluoric

    Thank the gods that we're not getting Bass in crunch time!!! (Or just thank Doc for finally opening his eyes, whatever.) Very disappointed DJ White couldn't get any more run though.

  • hydrofluoric

    My God……. only 30 seconds after the most brilliant KG-Bradley basket…… we get the Clogged Toilet Paul Pierce Iso. What the hell!

    • hydrofluoric

      I retract that statement… If that was an intentional decoy for that end-of-game layup… then all is forgiven.

      • hydrofluoric

        And you gotta love seen Jeff Green showing an insane amount of emotion, too. Guy can be so stoic at times.

        That game got insanely ugly at points, but what a win. Gotta love the Celtics' being able to win when they're clearly NOT playing their best ball, and in a hostile environment with SEGABABA OTR.

  • Anthony

    YES!!!!

  • KillerGymRat

    I was just about to type how much I wish we would ditch the PP iso and use Pierce as a decoy… or even at least have him take the last shot by coming off the ball…

    And that brilliant ball movement play happened.

    That's basketball. Move that damn ball and get easy shots!!!

    What a great win.

  • someguyinsac

    Jeff Green with the game winning basket, who woulda thunk it? =)

  • KillerGymRat

    Really have to give it to Jeff Green for how reliable he's become. His recent play has allowed Bass to spend most of crunch time on the bench…which is a very good thing.

    • High Rollers

      Jeff with the game winner!

  • The Cardinal

    Resilience man, resilience…this was the new "best win" of the season! As Tommy said, we were playing more than the 5 opposing players ( but we kept our composure).

  • tbunny

    TREMENDOUS victory. Not their best game of the season, but by far their best victory. I honestly don't know how they were even competitive in this game. They will have tons of confidence coming out of this game.

  • The Cardinal

    Bring on the Hawks and let's climb into the 6th position (which I happen to think is ideal if you are not 1, 2 or 3).

  • Switcharoo

    Escaped outta Indie tonight. Must suck to lead through most of the game then have the carpet pulled out from under you in the last 23 seconds. Nice playing running the fake Pierce isi though; well executed.

  • Banner18

    Wow. Biggest win of the year? Biggest win of the year.

  • boston bobby

    Thank god we didn't play the Peirce hole at the end of the game. Great play call Doc. I was obvious it wasn't Peirce's night. Great to see Green get the call.

  • james patrick

    1 point victory! HAH! good call!

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