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Game Thread #18: Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics

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7-10 14-2
December 3, 2008 - 7:30PM EST
TD Banknorth Garden
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
T.J. Ford PG Rajon Rondo
Marquis Daniels SG Ray Allen
Danny Granger SF Paul Pierce
Troy Murphy PF Kevin Garnett
Rasho Nesterovic C Kendrick Perkins

After an exhilarating win against the Lakers last night the Pacers have to shed the good feelings and focus on a roadie at the defending champion Boston Celtics. It's hard to look at the matchups and the way the Celtics have been playing lately and get hyped up for this one. Especially after the emotional W last night.

But, as usual, the Pacers need to take care of the ball and knock down a few shots in order to be in this one. Fatigue shouldn' t be an excuse since the foul situation spread out the minutes last night. Danny Granger and Troy Murphy played big minutes but they'll be ready to go.

Here are the matchups.

Check out CelticsBlog for the Boston perspective. Here's my Q & A with CelticsBlog which admittedly was done pretty early this morning after wading through the post-game excitement last night.

Gameday Reading

  • Bruon's LIVE! Blog caught all the action laslt night as it happened.
  • Mike Wells recap of the win over the Lakers. Also has this great picture of the Pacers bench reacting as Murph's tip went in and has Larry Bird, David Morway and Herb Simon (blue tie, at least I think that's Herb) in the background also going crazy. Cool. Tipreaction_medium
  • Bob Kravitz enjoyed the Pacers W and the text messages Reggie Miller was sending him during the game.
  • Jim O'Brien understands why the Pacers continually run a free throw deficit but would still like to limit the differential.
  • The Lakers can find plenty of reasons why they lost last night.
  • Oh, and the Celtics are waiting to exact some revenge tonight.

Leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments.