The Pacers hit the road to take on the Celtics Sunday night as the schedule stiffens for the remainder of the regular season.
A month ago, the Pacers rolled into Boston, rolled up a 21-point halftime lead and then held on to beat the C's, 97-91. Pre-All-Star game Victor Oladipo led the way with 35 points but this time around Oladipo arrives at TD Garden still trying to find his groove after catching a case of the clanks after All-Star weekend.
Fortunately, there is plenty of help as the Pacers enter the game with no injuries to report. Darren Collison will come of the bench for at least one more game, but the full roster is available, the mixing and matching rotation parts continues for Nate McMillan. With Trevor Booker starting to find his comfort zone with the Pacers, the depth that should bode well for the Pacers in the post-season, is taking shape.
Now it is just a matter of working through the growing pains of adjusting the lineups on the fly while the competition ramps up. The Celtics have the fourth-best record in the NBA and sit just 2.5 games behind the East-leading Toronto Raptors.
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Celtics (46-20) at Pacers (38-28) - 7:30 PM EDT at TD Garden
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Cory Joseph (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner(C)
Celtics: Kyrie Irving (PG), Jaylen Brown (SG), Jayson Tatum (SF), Al Horford (PF), Aron Baynes (C)