Game Preview: Pacers at Celtics
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM EDT at TD Garden
Game Preview: IND at BOS
Scott Agness | April 15, 2013
When the Pacers and Celtics get together Tuesday night, both teams will likely play it safe and rest some injured and banged up guys, even though the game will be nationally televised on TNT. Former Pacer and Hall of Famer Reggie Miller will be part of the broadcast.
The Pacers will have third seed and the Celtics are locked in to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference when the playoffs begin this upcoming weekend. Boston knows they will be playing New York, but Indiana’s opponent still has to be decided between Chicago and Atlanta.
With the seed already locked up, expect Pacers coach Frank Vogel to sit guard George Hill, who’s dealing with a groin strain. Paul George (fatigue) and others may be held out or at least play limited minutes. The same goes for Celtics starters Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green.
Regardless of who plays, the Pacers understand they aren’t playing great basketball. They’ve dropped four of their last five games and fallen behind by 20 in every one of them. Most of that is due to a lack of energy from the tip. Coach Vogel will like to see how guys like Sam Young and Gerald Green play as he and his coaching staff irons out their playoff rotations.
The Pacers have fallen to the Celtics in both prior meetings this season, which includes Boston’s late rally in the last go around where Jeff Green got underneath the hoop and made the game-winning layup in the final seconds.
A couple things in the Pacers’ favor: The Celtics are 1-6 in Tuesday games while the Pacers are 8-2, and the Celtics have lost their last five games to open a set of back-to-back games.
Pacers: George Hill (doubtful, groin), Paul George (questionable, fatigue), Danny Granger (out for the season, left knee surgery)
Celtics: Kevin Garnett (day-to-day, sore left ankle), Paul Pierce (day-to-day, sore left ankle), Jeff Green (day-to-day, bruised left elbow), Rajon Rondo (out, torn right ACL), Jared Sullinger (out, lumbar disc surgery)
- Boston has won nine of the last 12 meetings, including the last four.
- Kevin Garnett is six points away from moving into 14th spot for the most points in NBA history. He’ll be surpassing former Pacer Reggie Miller, who’ll be on the TNT broadcast.
- Courtney Lee attended Pike High School and won the Class 4A State Title in 2003.
- D.J. White played four years at Indiana University.
March 6th: The Pacers lost in a devastating fashion. Kevin Garnett slipped a pass to Jeff Green who made the game-winning layup. The Celtics closed the game on an 11-0 run to edge the Pacers at home, 83-81.
Paul George scored 16 points and Lance Stephenson had 12 points along with a career-high five steals. Both David West (11 points, 16 rebounds) and Roy Hibbert (12 points, 12 rebounds) had double-doubles. Kevin Garnett led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley each had 13. The Pacers, who failed to sored in the final 4:35, were just 6-of-27 from 3-point range.
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TV: TNT – Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)
Radio: FM 107.5/AM 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Michael Grady (host)
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