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Celtics Blog Pod: Previewing the Indiana Pacers

The Pacers angle — with Tony East

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Pacers writer Tony East filled in for Alex Kungu on the opening morning of the NBA Playoffs. We weighed all the important questions, like what the difference is between Bojan Bogdanovic and Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Indiana’s early pace stalled with the Victor Oladipo injury. They’ve held strong for stretches of games, relying on one of the steadiest diets of big lineups in the NBA. Marcus Morris’ struggles raise an intriguing possibility that Indiana could spring into smaller lineups ot pull him into action. That’ll be a rarity from the main rotation of Myles Turner, Thad Young and Domantas Sabonis.

Marcus Smart’s absence will break a big hole in Boston’s rotational defense. Do the Pacers have the scoring to take advantage? Tony East has all the answers — and he’s picking the Celtics.