Pacers Links: Celtics rolling as they arrive to play Pacers

Jared Wickerham

The Pacers are set to face the new-look Celtics which could be a playoff preview.

The Indiana Pacers host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night looking for their third consecutive win to maintain their second-place standing in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics arrive already on a three game winning streak after running past the Philadelphia 76ers last night. The win moved the C's to 12-4 since losing Rajon Rondo for the season. It appears Boston has simply adapted to life without Rondo by altering their identity by utilizing Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee to apply pressure on opponents and keep the C's in full-time attack mode.

As Conrad Brunner points out today, the C's would be the Pacers first round playoff opponent if the standings don't change, which would be a tough task for the Pacers to overcome. Although, in the crowded East, the Celtics could end up in a variety of spots and if they continue their current level of play, will likely rise up the standings by the end of the regular season.

The matchup tonight should bring out some playoff intensity in both teams, though. As the season wears on, playoff teams visiting the Fieldhouse create a playoff atmosphere and as Paul George told Bruno, it gets the juices flowing for the home team, as well.

Tonight's game just has to be what it is - a potential playoff preview - to take on added significance for the Pacers.

"I think it's getting to the stage where how it's getting fun with opponents that we match up with," George said. "We can come into the game thinking it's going to be a playoff (preview) and it's very realistic that could be our first-round battle."

Check out the links:

Celtics would be brutal matchup, for openers | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

Pacers' Danny Granger downgraded to questionable vs. Celtics | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Game Preview: Pacers vs Celtics | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Indiana Pacers Take Over Channel 13..... 3/05/2013 - YouTube

West Doesn’t Fear Failure, Therefore Succeeds | Pacers.com

Home Cookin' | Query & Schultz - WNDE Sports Radio 1260

Celtics shake off rust | Boston Herald

Celtics-Pacers Preview - AP

Avery Bradley and Paul Pierce lead Celtics over 76ers - Sports - Boston.com

Doc Rivers: Celtics playing with more urgency since Rajon Rondo’s injury - Sports - Boston.com

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony day-to-day, will be re-evaluated - CBSSports.com

The Dwight Effect: A New Ensemble of Interior Defense Analytics for the NBA | MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

NBA Free Agency 2013: Dwight Howard ranked No. 1 - Sheridanhoops.com

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