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Game Thread #7: Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers
8-2 3-3
Novermber 14, 2009 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Rajon Rondo PG Earl Watson
Ray Allen SG Brandon Rush
Paul Pierce SF Dahntay Jones
Kevin Garnett PF Danny Granger
Kendrick Perkins C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers play the Boston Celtics tonight, although you'd never know it after listening to local radio and reading the papers this week.

See, there's this little football game in town on Sunday night and that is all anyone wants to discuss around here. Too bad since this is the only time the C's are in Indy this year. Of course, with Troy Murphy out and T.J. Ford doubtful the short-handed Pacers will need a monumental effort from their available players to keep up with the loaded Celtics, so maybe it's better if the casual local fans don't focus too closely on this one. Plus, the C's will be ready to rebound from a tough loss to Atlanta at home last night. Thanks a lot Hawks.

The Pacers will be able to throw a lineup at the Celtics that has thrived recently at both ends of the floor. The small lineup has Danny Granger at the power forward which has allowed Dahntay Jones and Brandon Rush to amp up the perimeter defense. It has worked well in the past three games, but none of those teams post the strong front court depth that the C's will throw at the Pacers tonight. Granger and Roy Hibbert will have their hands full with Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins at the defensive end to put it mildly. Granger will need to find his outside shot in order to help even things out, but as last year's early success against the C's proved, anything can happen.

For a Boston perspective there are plenty of great sites, including Celtics Blog, Red's Army and Celtics Hub to name a few.

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