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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Pacers

Chuck - Red's Army January 4, 2013 Gametime, Previews 26 Comments

Tip: 8PM     Court: TD Garden     Watch it: CSNNE    Hear it: WEEI

Referees:  James Capers, Courtney Kirkland and Marat Kogut

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The Matchup

Record: 14-17 Record: 19-13
At home: 9-6 On road: 8-10
Streak: Lost 4 Streak: Won 2

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.8 ppg) Buckets: David West (17.2 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.0 rpg) Boards: Roy Hibbert (8.0 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.6 apg) Dimes: George Hill (5.1 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.2 (24th NBA) Offensive Rating: 101.1 (29th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 104.9 (13th NBA) Defensive Rating: 99.1 (1st NBA)
Pace: 91.5 (17th NBA) Pace: 89.9 (27th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics swept split the season series (2-2) last year with Indiana. Paul Pierce dropped 28 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the 94-87 victory last January. The C’s won again in Indiana, 86-72, in April. Boston was led by Greg Steimsma’s 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks in that one.

This time

Get it to:  The open man

The Pacers rank #1 in defensive efficiency and #2 in points allowed. It will take a team effort from the Celtics to win, not “hero ball.” As Chris Forsberg points out, the Pacers are  “susceptible to pick-and-roll ball-handlers and cutters.” That’s you, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley.

Gotta stop:  Paul George

With Danny Granger sidelined (knee), Paul George is the man in Indiana. He’s averaging 19 ppg and 8 rpg over the past 11 games, and Indiana is 9-2 during that stretch. I’m terrified at the thought of watching Paul Pierce guard him.

The Wild Card:  Doc Rivers

Danny Ainge said it’s likely that Doc will tweak the lineup.  Whether that means starting Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger or Jeff Green, I really don’t know. Doc is obviously frustrated and knows SOMETHING needs to change. Why not start with personnel?

How we see it goin’ down

From the Stats LLC game preview:

Boston has been outscored by an average of 19.7 points in losing its last four games, and has dropped eight of 10 overall to fall three games under .500 this late into a season for the first time since 2006-07.

Boston’s slide has been partly due to defensive struggles, allowing opponents to average 104.5 points and make 50.5 percent from the floor — including 48.3 from behind the arc.

How on earth could I pick the Celtics to win?

Indiana 90

Celtics 85

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  • eddysamson

    finally you predict a loss!

  • dk

    I still get pissed about that whole David West deal last year. Imagine if we had him on our team last year instead of Steimer and/or Collins.

    • SF Celts fan

      Exactly – another acquisition that Danny couldn’t pull off.

  • AlexLuo

    The C’s got blown out by the Pacers down in Indiana in the 1st game last season if I remember correctly . I’m sure the C’s did not sweep the series.

    • dk

      thats what i thought too–i think they played them more than twice last year.

      • AlexLuo

        Correct, only teams from the west that the C’s would play them twice. It was on 1/14, Pacers won by 14.

      • AlexLuo

        Actually the season series were 2-2, they won the 1st two games. 1st in Boston, then in Indiana.

  • Larry Legend

    The pacers beat Celtics twice early on last year. I went to one of them. 80-70 pacers was tha final. They suffocated the C’s.

  • Stephanie

    I’m going to predict a loss (with my fingers crossed behind my back). I just don’t want to see another Celtics thrashing.

  • W2.

    Celts win tonight. Indiana is the remedy. I expect Rondo to play well vs. DJ and Avery should look sharper as well. KG won’t keep missing shots and I am just delusional enough to think that A second unit featuring Sully and Collins will eventually mesh.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Under different circumstances than the present….David West would be a perfect Celtic!

    There`s a bit of James Posey in West…clutch, cagey, blue collar, experienced vet, unifying team player.

    When the Celts finally get serious and bring in young “bigs”….surrounding them with guys like West will be essential.

    Boston was 2-2 vs. Indiana last year.

  • Larry Legend

    Who wrote this article?!! Get facts straight!!! Let’s go…(just joking)

    • Chuck – Red’s Army

      Holy crap… I butchered the season series numbers.

      Thanks for the updates people!

  • Quest

    Not expecting win either but hoping not another blowout given the Pacer defense and our cold offense lately. Plse I don’t want to hear anymore how the Celtics are working to reach their “potential” and I’ m with Doc shouldn’t have to tell them to play with energy either.
    Damm just do what you are paid to do. Bleed Green or just put in for that trade.

  • CelticsKid34

    loss by 20 or more… smh

    • Eddie Allen Powe

      keep shaking your head son

  • James

    Celtics bout to turn it around… it’s coming. Chill. They need to get pissed and GET TO THE PAINT!!! And they need to do that game in and game out!!!

    • Larry Legend

      No they aren’t. Don’t kid yourself. This team hurting right now. If, and it’s a huge if, they turn it around it’s gonna be a process. They have major holes right now

      • James

        I’m not kidding myself. It’s a process, and sometimes a four game losing streak is what it takes to dig deep to start to put it together.

  • Kobe

    another blow out loss for the Cs, just fire Ainge now

    • eddysamson

      way to jump the gun lol

  • James

    They will be fine… They just need to play hard. So far so good tonight.

    • James

      This is a good step!!! Nice win.

  • Brick James

    Holy shit – we won a game! Keep predicting losses, Chuck – I’m superstitious.

    • SamR

      Agreed. For the next game, this one should be described as “a fluke” and since its a back to back note the C’s will be tired and Atlanta will be looking to avenge a loss.

  • KGino

    Oh how wrong you plastic people were… you faithless bums go find a new team to count out before they play one game with their normal starting lineup. You should be ashamed of yourselves.