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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Pacers

Chuck - Red's Army January 6, 2012 Uncategorized 4 Comments

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The Matchup

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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
    Leaders  Leaders
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)

Last time

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. 

This time

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.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    C’s have an unheard of 4 days off after tonight. I think that will actually have them motivated. As long as we control the boards and play some D on Hibbert, I see us winning this one by 8-10 points.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    Incredibly Jeff Foster, the ultimate worker bee on the boards, has yet to play a minute this season. Winning the battle of the glass is at a premium tonight. Indy leads the league in second chance opportunities. Psycho T, West and Hibbert averaging 3.5 OR/night. When PP crashes the boards we win, so let’s keep that pattern intact.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    yea it would be like losing heading into the by week for us.
    I think its important for the C’s to beat Indy this year especially, because they are a talented young and upcoming team you don’t want to give them confidence in case you have to face them in the playoffs

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    Couldn't have said it better myself. So far, not good..lol