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Pacers (7-10) at Celtics (17-2) 12/3
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Indiana Pacers (7-10) Boston Celtics (17-2)
Wednesday, December 2
7:30 PM
Game #20, Away Game #12
TV:  CSN HD, FSI, LP NBA 3,  LP 756
Radio:  WEEI
TD Banknorth Garden



ProbableStarting Matchups
PointGuard
  vs 
Rajon Rondo vs TJ Ford

Shooting Guard
  vs 
Ray Allen vs Marquis Daniels

Small Forward
  vs 
Paul Pierce vs Danny Granger

Power Forward
  vs 
Kevin Garnett vs Troy Murphy

Center
  vs 
Kendrick Perkins vs Rasho Nesterovic




Off the Bench
Tony Allen
Glen Davis
Eddie House
Leon Powe
Gabe Pruitt
Brian Scalabrine
Patrick O'Bryant
Sam Cassell

Injuries
Tony Allen (ankle) probable

Probable Inactive
Sam Cassell

D-League
JR Giddens
Bill Walker


Off the Bench
Jarrett Jack
Brandon Rush
Jeff Foster
Roy Hibbert
Maceo Baston
Stephen Graham
Josh McRoberts
Jamaal Tinsley

Injuries
Travis Diener (foot)  day to day
Mike Dunleavy (knee)  out

Probable Inactive
Jamaal Tinsley
Mike Dunleavy
Travis Diener

Matchups to Watch
  vs 
Paul Pierce  PPG 18.7 RPG 6.60 APG 3.4 EFF + 18.37
Danny Granger  PPG 24.2 RPG 5.50 APG 2.4 EFF + 20.80
Danny Granger is one of the more exciting young players in the league.  He looks poised to make another leap this season as he is averaging over 24 points per game this season.  Paul Pierce has been playing very well and will remember the 20 points that Granger dropped on him in their last meeting.   

  vs 
TJ Ford is one of the very few point guards who may be even faster than Rajon Rondo.  They have played each other fairly even in the past with Rondo coming out ahead in some games and TJ coming out ahead in some games.  Their last matchup was definitely TJ's turn to lead as he finished with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals to just 2 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Rondo.   This is a fun matchup to watch.   

Game Notes
The Celtics had won the last 3 games before losing to them in the Pacers' home opener this season.    The Celtics lead the series 74-69 overall. 

Of the 15 players on their opening night roster, only 8 were on the team at the end of last season.  Two of the most notable changes are the loss of Jermaine O'Neal and the addition of TJ Ford. 

The Pacers are among the league leaders in steals.  The Celtics have to take good care of the ball or the Pacers will make them pay. 

The Pacers are coached by former Celtics Coach Jim O'Brien who would love nothing better than to get the better of his former team.  The Celtics will be looking to avenge their earlier loss to the Pacers but don't expect the Pacers to go down without a fight. 

X Factor
Vengeance and weariness.
The Celtics will be looking to avenge their 95-79 loss to the Pacers in their home opener.  The Pacers played the Lakers the night before and will probably have to play hard to the end of the game.  If the Celtics run, they can wear them out by the end of the game. 

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Re: Pacers (6-10) at Celtics (17-2) 12/3
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Well this one just got a little more interesting. 

The Pacers just beat the Lakers at the buzzer on a Murphy put back.  That officially makes them the giant killers of the league.  Can they keep up that reputation tomorrow night?  Beating the Lakers then us on a back to back would be one of the most impressive things done by any team in the league.  That includes what the Lakers and Celts have done to this point.
"Take this down," said O'Neal. "My name is Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce is the (expletive) truth. Quote me on that and don't take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is the truth."

Re: Pacers (6-10) at Celtics (17-2) 12/3
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yup
Hopefully were playing a VERY tired
Indiana team.
Not that we need or want the advantage
but as some wise man said
a win is a win is a win
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Re: Pacers (7-10) at Celtics (17-2) 12/3
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2008, 10:09:33 PM »

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Yep, this game just got more interesting and I look forward to it!
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Re: Pacers (7-10) at Celtics (17-2) 12/3
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2008, 11:52:56 PM »

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all i know is from catching a few of their games, granger is alot better than I thought he was.
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Re: Pacers (7-10) at Celtics (17-2) 12/3
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Re: Pacers (7-10) at Celtics (17-2) 12/3
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This game definitely takes on some additional juice with their win over the Lakers tonight. I fully expect us to come out hard tomorrow evening. I just hope the team executes defensively even with the high energy they will have.

Indiana is a very good offensive team.

Re: Pacers (7-10) at Celtics (17-2) 12/3
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Celts should win this one going away in my opinion.  There's a mix of ingredients coming into this game that scream blowout.  The Celts are looking for revenge.  They will be angry and focused.  That's a poor combo for any opponent.  

They're also at home where they are almost unbeatable.  They have been resting in Boston while the Pacers were playing that great, tough game tonight.
"Take this down," said O'Neal. "My name is Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce is the (expletive) truth. Quote me on that and don't take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is the truth."

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I think this will be a fun one.

The Pacer's are trying to prove that there wins over the Celtics and Lakers weren't a fluke.

The Celtics are trying to prove there loss to the Pacers was a fluke.

Re: Pacers (7-10) at Celtics (17-2) 12/3
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It's official Tony is going to miss this one because of the ankle sprain.

Hopefully this means more Pruitt, and not more Scal as I'm expecting.

We might also see Sam getting some playing time.

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C's win by double digits.

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If there was ever a guy who I would like to see come to Boston to eventually replace one of the Big Three it would definitely be Danny Granger. I love this kid's game and I don't think he's yet as good as he is going to get. He might be a top 3 player in the NBA in a year or two.

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That's not a good start.  Hopefully Rajon can come back soon.
"Take this down," said O'Neal. "My name is Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce is the (expletive) truth. Quote me on that and don't take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is the truth."

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If there was ever a guy who I would like to see come to Boston to eventually replace one of the Big Three it would definitely be Danny Granger. I love this kid's game and I don't think he's yet as good as he is going to get. He might be a top 3 player in the NBA in a year or two.

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Pacers really do have a very good offensive flow and team especially with Ford running the show.