Time: 7:30 PM EST, Venue: Conesco Field House
Officials: Ed Malloy, Nick Buchert, Kane "O-Dog" Fitzgerald
TV: CSNNE, NBA-LP, Radio: WEEI
The Line: The Celtics are 1-0 against Indiana this season, and they were 2-1 against them last year.
GAME THREAD | CHAT ROOM
Probable Starting Lineups:
Injuries And Stuff: Kendrick Perkins (OUT), Delonte West (OUT), Rajon Rondo (OUT)
Injuries And Stuff: None
Match-Up Of The Night: Shaq/Jermaine on Roy Hibbert
Nobody cares about Josh McRoberts' sweatervests or the three Ritalin that Tyler Hansborough pops before every game. In the big picture here that, like the Indiana Pacers for the most part, is irrelevant.
Hibbert though, despite cooling somewhat from an early season spike, is still the Pacer's 2nd leading scorer.
With Dwight Howard being limited to just 6 points in the Christmas Day game against the Celtics, I feel like Shaq and Jermaine have a real opportunity to shut down Hibbert, and really force Indiana to work from the outside-in, meaning that they'll have to die (or I guess, live) by the jumpshot. Since nearly all of Indiana's players are conditioned for Obie ball anyways, taking Hibbert away would really limit the diversity of their offense.