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Shootaround: Frank Vogel on Lawson, Celtics, Remaining Schedule

March 15, 2016: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talks about the progression of Ty Lawson, the Boston Celtics, specifically Isaiah Thomas, and the Pacers' remaining regular season schedule.

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Shootaround: Frank Vogel on Lawson, Celtics, Remaining Schedule

March 15, 2016: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talks about the progression of Ty Lawson, the Boston Celtics, specifically Isaiah Thomas, and the Pacers' remaining regular season schedule.
Mar 15, 2016  |  02:47

Shootaround: PG Scouts the Celtics

March 15, 2016 - Pacers forward Paul George reflects on Indiana's two games over the weekend and looks ahead to Tuesday's matchup with the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Mar 15, 2016  |  03:24

Shootaround: Ty Lawson on His Teammates, Health

March 15, 2016: Pacers guard Ty Lawson discusses the developing relationships with his new teammates and his health heading into this week's set of games.
Mar 15, 2016  |  01:33

Game Preview: Pacers vs Celtics

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss






Editor's Note: The Delaware St. entrance to the Virginia Ave. Parking Garage is longer in operation due to the construction of the St. Vincent Center. To enter the Virginia Ave. Parking Garage, please use to the entrance located at the intersection of E Maryland St. and S Alabama St. You will, however, still be able to exit the parking garage using the single-lane Delaware St. exit ramp.

In addition, the south bound lane of Delaware Street from Maryland to just south of the train bridge will be closed for the duration of the construction project.

Matchup

As we enter the stretch run of the 2015-16 regular season, the Pacers are in good position to make the playoffs and possibly make a move up the Eastern Conference standings. The Blue & Gold are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but play 11 of their final 16 games within the friendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, including a five-game homestand that begins Tuesday.

The first three games of this homestand, however, are far from cakewalks. Indiana (35-31) welcomes three teams that are presently in third place or better in their respective conferences this week, beginning with the Boston Celtics (39-27) on Tuesday night.

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Boston is in third place in the East and has the inside track for homecourt advantage in a first round playoff series. The Celtics have no superstars but a host of capable NBA players, and former Butler head coach Brad Stevens seemingly gets the maximum level of production out of every player on his roster.

The Celtics are a challenge on both ends, playing at the third-fastest pace in the NBA, but also posting the league's third-best defensive rating (tied, actually, with the Pacers at 100.1 points allowed per 100 possessions). Boston ranks second in the league in steals (9.5 per game) — their aggressive defensive style almost single-handedly willed them to victory over Indiana on Jan. 13 in Boston.

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The Celtics, however, were dealt a significant blow this weekend when it was announced that do-everything forward Jae Crowder will miss the next couple weeks with a high ankle sprain. Crowder is Boston's third-leading scorer and a defensive menace capable of playing any position from shooting guard to power forward. Without his versatility, Stevens is less likely to experiment with small-ball lineups, which may be good news for a Pacers team that has struggled to defend spread lineups in recent weeks.

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The Pacers are not without their own injury concerns, as their backcourt players have suddenly stockpiled a plethora of bumps and bruises. Newly-signed point guard Ty Lawson missed a pair of games over the weekend with a sprained left foot, sixth man Rodney Stuckey hurt his right foot in Sunday's loss to the Hawks, and starting point guard George Hill is dealing with a sore right toe.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - George Hill, SG - Monta Ellis, SF - Paul George, PF - Myles Turner, C - Ian Mahinmi
Celtics: PG - Isaiah Thomas, SG - Avery Bradley, SF - Evan Turner, PF - Amir Johnson, C - Jared Sullinger

Injury Report

Pacers: Ty Lawson - questionable (sore left foot), George Hill - probable (sore right toe), C.J. Miles - questionable - (upper respiratory infection)

Celtics: Kelly Olynyk - questionable (right shoulder sprain), Jae Crowder - out (right ankle sprain)

Last Meeting

January 13, 2016: The Pacers led by three with three minutes to play in Boston, but then committed four turnovers down the stretch, all of which led to fastbreak buckets on the other end in a 103-94 loss at TD Garden.

"That's unrecoverable," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said about the late-game miscues. "That was the game."

Paul George led five Pacers players in double figures with 23 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in the loss, but he also had five of Indiana's 17 turnovers (Monta Ellis also had five giveaways).

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 28 points. Jae Crowder added 25 on 11-of-15 shooting (3-for-6 from 3-point range).

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers are 75-90 all-time against the Celtics, but 50-31 in games played in Indianapolis.
  • Brad Stevens was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for the month of February. The Celtics went 9-3 in February (6-0 at TD Garden).
  • Paul George is fast approaching a few career milestones. He needs 57 points to reach 6,000 for his career and is just 11 steals away from becoming just the seventh player in franchise history to accumulate 600 steals as a member of the Pacers.

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV:FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play),Slick Leonard (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

Tickets

The Pacers host Brad Stevens and the surging Boston Celtics at 7:00 PM on Tuesday: Find Tickets »

Home Court Gift Shop Game Night Special

Hickory Hat - $12. Game Night Specials can be purchased in the Home Court Gift Shop or any of our souvenir stands located on all levels of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The special is also available online at PacersGear.com until midnight.

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