at Indiana Pacers (10-1) at Boston Celtics (4-9)
Friday, November 22
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #14, Home Game #6
TV: CSNNE, FSI, NBA-LP 756(DTV)/755(xfinity)
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, 1070 The Fan, WBZ
Probable Starting LineupsPoint Guard
Jordan Crawford vs George Hill
Avery Bradley vs Lance Stephenson Small Forward
Jeff Green vs Paul George
Jared Sullinger vs David West
Kelly Olynyk vs Roy Hibbert Celtics Reserves
Rajon Rondo (ACL)outPacers Reserves
Donald Sloan Injuries
Danny Granger (calf) out
The Celtics host the Pacers for the first of 4 meetings between these two teams this season. The Pacers lead the East with a 10-1 record and are playing very well. The Celtics swept the series last season and have won 4 in a row vs the Pacers. They have also won 9 of the last 10 in Boston.
The Pacers return their whole starting 5 from last season, which gives them a distinct advantage over teams like the Celtics who are still trying to mesh new players together. The Pacers starters are all scoring in double figures.
Both teams last played on Wednesday and both are playing in the first of back to back games. The Celtics are 2-3 at home while the Pacers are 4-1 on the road.
The Chat Room will be rocking on game night so be sure to check it out and don't miss the CLNS Post Game Show immediately after the game. Links to both will be in the game thread on the front page. Key Matchups
Jeff Green vs Paul George
Paul George is playing very well this season, averaging 24 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 blocks. Jeff Green will need to work on the defensive end to try to contain him. It would be good for Jeff to have a big night offensively to make George work on the defensive end as well.
Kelly Olynyk vs Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert is a nightmare for pretty much anyone to match up with and the Celtics only choices here are two rookies. Stevens said after the Spurs game that he liked the Sullinger/Olynyk pairing but he may go with Faverani since he has a bit more muscle to deal with Hibbert, who is averaging 11.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and an incredible 4.4 blocks per game.
Keys to the GameRun on Every Possession
- The only hope that the Celtics have of getting easy shots would be to run every time they have the ball. They can't win in a half court game with the Pacers. Go to the Hoop
- When the Celtics attacked the basket against the Spurs, they were able to stay with them. When they lapsed into shooting jumpers, they fell behind. The Celtics have to try to get into the paint on every possession.
Move the Ball and Find the Open Man
- The Celtics play better when they move the ball and make the extra pass. When the guards over dribble and the ball sticks, they become very predictable and end up going into scoring droughts.
Energy and Focus
- The Celtics need to be the team that wants to win more. They have to attack and run and play with more energy than the Pacers if they want to win. X-Factors
Home and Effort
The Celtics are home and should get a boost from the home team. The Pacers may take the Celtics for granted and look past them to their game on Saturday and if the Celtics put out the effort, they may be able to sneak this one out.