Wednesday, April 17, 8:00 PM (EST) at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
33-48 (4th Atlantic, 9th East)
49-31 (1st Central, 3rd East)
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THE ENEMY: G. HILL | L. STEPHENSON | P. GEORGE | D. WEST | R. HIBBERT
by Max Rappaport | Updated: 12:33 AM, April 17, 2013
An Unexpected, and Tragic, Change of Plans
The Indiana Pacers were supposed to close out the 2012-13 regular season with a road-home back-to-back beginning in Boston Tuesday night and ending in front of their home crowd Wednesday night against the Sixers.
Unfortunately, that all changed Monday, when the city of Boston, and the world, was rocked by a tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon that left three dead and hundreds injured.
As a result, Tuesday night's meeting between the Pacers and Celtics at TD Garden was cancelled.
After releasing an official statement hours after the attack accounting for each member of the team, the Pacers traveled back to Indiana to prepare for its regular-season finale against the Sixers.
It is the first time the league has cancelled, and not simply postponed, a game in the history of the 82-game NBA season (since 1967-68).
The Pacers (49-31) are officially locked into the Eastern Conference's third seed, following a 90-80 loss to second-place New York on Sunday.
It remains to be seen whether or not head coach Frank Vogel will rest any or all of his starters in the team's regular-season finale - because of Tuesday's cancelled game against Boston, the Pacers have not played in three days.
Indiana is on the verge of winning 50 games for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
Battle of the Bigs
In three meetings this season, centers Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert have been spectacular.
Hawes is averaging 14.0 points (42.9 FG%), 9.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 blocks per game in the matchup, while Hibbert is averaging 20.7 points (42.6 FG%), 12.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.
When the two teams last met, on March 16, Hawes posted 18 points (7-14 FG), 16 rebounds, eight assists, and seven blocks, becoming the first player to hit those marks in a single game since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1990.