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Game Thread #26: Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics

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12-13 21-4
December 19, 2010 - 1:00PM EST
TD Garden
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: No local TV
Probable starters:
Darren Collison PG Nate Robinson
Mike Dunleavy SG Ray Allen
Danny Granger SF Paul Pierce
Josh McRoberts PF Kevin Garnett
Roy Hibbert C Semih Erden

If the Indiana Pacers play the Boston Celtics with no television coverage at the exact same time as the biggest regular season game in years for the Indianapolis Colts, does it really happen?

Absolutely!

And we'll be here to cover this stealth game while admittedly keeping an eye on the happenings at Lucas Oil Stadium. So drop by to catch up on the action during the monster NFL TV timeouts.

Needless to say, this will be a tough one for the Pacers. The Celtics are dealing with several injuries, most notably missing point guard Rajon Rondo, but the C's have still managed to rattle off 12 wins in a row. Today they are expected to be without Jermaine O'Neal, while other bigs Shaquille O'Neal and Semih Erden are game-time decisions, so this would be a great game for Roy Hibbert to come to play and come strong all day.

Hopefully the Pacers can take advantage of the hoops-biorhythym-altering matinée and catch the short-handed Celtics going through the motions expecting an easy win. Of course, that would require a solid effort from the Pacers and another good shooting night day from Danny Granger, two things that have been in short supply lately, especially against better teams.

While there is no TV, Mark Boyle and Slick Leonard will be providing the HD visuals with their call on 93.1FM or NBA.com.

Here's the Pacers.com preview.

For a Boston perspective, check out Celtics Blog.

Leave your thoughts and observations in the comments.