The Pacers will take on the Boston Celtics tonight without starting point guard George Hill who has been ruled out by the training staff so he continues resting the left shoulder he aggravated during the team's win on Thursday over Milwaukee.
Hill's left shoulder has been an issue since spraining it two years ago in practice. C.J. Watson will start in Hill's place but it should be interesting to see how Frank Vogel changes his playing rotation. Normally, Donald Sloan would step into the backup point guard minutes, but with Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner giving the second unit a pair of ball handlers, Vogel could shorten his rotation or use Rasual Butler for a little bigger look.
The Celtics certainly won't feel sorry for the Pacers since they have multiple injuries to deal with, although the focus on winning seems to be secondary of late for the C's as they look toward the future. With Brandon Bass and Kris Humphries slated to start in the front court for Boston, the buckets buffet should be open for David West and Roy Hibbert. Time to eat big fellas!
The Pacers pounded the C's in their last meeting at the Fieldhouse and won in Boston earlier in the year by 15, holding Brad Stevens' crew to 79 and 82 points, respectively in those games. The Pacers haven't held an opponent under 90 points in a win since beating the Hawks (89-85) on Feb. 4. They did lose to Dallas, 81-73 in a mess of a game right before the All-Star break.
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