Tip: 7:30pm Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Bennie Adams and Tre Maddox
|Record: 4-3 (2nd Atlantic, 5th East)||Record: 4-2 (2nd Central, 6th East)|
|At home: 3-0||On road: 2-2|
|Streak: Won 4||Streak: Lost 1|
|Buckets: Allen (20.0 ppg)||Buckets: Danny Granger (15.2 ppg)|
|Boards: Garnett (7.1 rpg)||Boards: Roy Hibbert (10.0 rpg)|
|Dimes: Rondo (10.7 apg)||Dimes: Darren Collison (6.2 apg)|
|For the Stat Geeks:||For the Stat Geeks:|
|Offensive Rating: 107.1 (7th NBA)||Offensive Rating: 99.3 (23rd NBA)|
|Defensive Rating: 104.3 (19th NBA)||Defensive Rating: 100.2 (10th NBA)|
|Pace: 89.1 (25th NBA)||Pace: 92.0 (16th NBA)|
The Celtics won 2 out of 3 last season against Indiana. They've won 7 straight at home and 12 out of the last 15 meetings.
Get it to: Rajon Rondo
RR has just 14 points in his last two games. I have a gut feeling he ramps up the offense tonight. Indiana is a good defensive team and the Celtics might need the points.
Gotta stop: Roy Hibbert
The 7-footer is off to a great start. He's averaging a double-double (13.7 ppg and 10 rpg) and shooting 57%. He's also a threat on the offensive glass (long reach + lazy box out = tip ins).
The Wild Card: Bass vs Hansbrough
This power-forward battle is the heavyweigh match-up of the benches. Hansbrough is managing 12.7 ppg while shooting a miserable 35%. But he's the kind of guy who will kill you if you sleep on him. The Celtics second unit also needs to keep an eye on George Hill. He has the potential to score points in a hurry.
How we see it goin' down
The Pacers are coming off a 35-point loss to Miami. I'm sure they'll be pissed off and playing hard. But I'm not sure how long that will last as this is the final night of a four game road trip. I see the Celtics settling into a comfort zone at home. BOS 106 – IND 100.