Countdown to Tipoff: Pacers vs. Celtics

Pre-Game Media Notes: Pacers | Celtics

SCOUTING THE PACERS: The Pacers have lost five of seven while failing to score 95 points in the last three games. They fell 104-90 to Memphis on Sunday, shooting 35.6 percent. Danny Granger scored 29 points, but was 8 of 20 from the field, while Roy Hibbert went 5 of 17 for 14 points. Granger is shooting 33.9 percent the last three games while Hibbert is making only 28 percent of his shots over the same stretch. Their struggles have contributed to a rough stretch for the Pacers, who have averaged 90 points and shot 39.8 percent over the last seven games. Facing the Celtics isn't likely to end Granger and Hibbert's woes. The two combined for 36 points in last week's meeting, but shot 30.2 percent. Granger has connected on 36.3 percent in his last eight games against Boston.

SCOUTING THE CELTICS: Boston (23-5) had its 14-game winning streak snapped in an 86-78 loss at Orlando on Saturday. The loss was the team's first since a 102-101 defeat at Toronto on Nov. 21 and was its lowest-scoring game of the season. While Shaquille O'Neal and former Pacer Jermaine O'Neal both returned from injuries, Rajon Rondo missed his fourth straight game with a sprained ankle. It's the absence of Rondo, the NBA's assists leader, that has hurt the most recently. Boston has struggled to move the ball the last two games without its floor leader. The Celtics had a season-low 15 assists against the Magic after escaping with an 84-80 win over Philadelphia last Wednesday in which they had 19 assists. Rondo isn't expected to play Tuesday. The Celtics have lost back-to-back games only once this season, but they've won three in a row and nine of 11 against the Pacers (13-15), including a 99-88 victory Dec. 19 in which they were also without Rondo.

INJURY REPORT: The Pacers are healthy. For the Celtics, Kendrick Perkins (right knee surgery), Delonte West (broken right wrist) and Rajon Rondo (sprained left ankle) are out.

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BROADCAST INFO: The game will be telecast at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Indiana with Chris Denari and Quinn Buckner calling the game and Stacy Paetz on the sideline, with a pre-game show starting at 6:30. The radio broadcast is anchored by the flagship of the Pacers' network, WIBC 93 FM, featuring Mark Boyle and Bob "Slick" Leonard, with Kevin Lee handling the sideline and pre-game duties.

CHAT: You can chat live with other fans around the country during the game.


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