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Pacers Links: Pacers return home for tough week starting with Celtics

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The Pacers turned into road kill in Atlanta on Sunday and now return home for their next five games including three this week against top ten NBA teams.

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The early tip time on Saturday in Dallas appeared to be a good thing for the Pacers, especially after they left Big D with a Big W. But in hindsight, maybe arriving early in Atlanta, with nightlife options notorious for wearing down visiting NBA teams, wasn't such a good thing.

Atlanta, back-to-back on the road, backcourt injury issues, whatever the circumstance you want to point toward, the Pacers were simply flattened by the Hawks. A 30-4 run? Flattened.

So bad, there isn't much sense in trying to figure out what went wrong since the answer is obvious: everything.

So now the Pacers return home for a big game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday to begin their last nasty stretch of the regular season which includes Toronto visiting on Thursday followed by Oklahoma City on Saturday.

The weekend split was nice, keeping the Pacers in the seventh spot but they need at least one W out of the next three to be able to move up with a strong close to the season.

Nagging injuries continue to keep the Pacers from firing on all cylinders with foot and toe issues slowing down the backcourt. Ty Lawson (sprained left foot), George Hill (sore right toe) and Rodney Stuckey (sore right toe) are all questionable for the Celtics.The C's will be without Jae Crowder (ankle) and list Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) as questionable.

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