NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 1st
(All times Eastern)
Indiana Pacers (44-13) at Boston Celtics (20-39), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The NBA-best Indiana Pacers hope to start another
successful month when they invade Boston Saturday to take on the Celtics at TD
The Pacers are two games ahead of the Miami Heat for the East's top spot with
a fabulous 44-13 record and just went 9-3 in February. They capped the month
with a 101-96 triumph versus Milwaukee on Thursday and were led by Roy
Hibbert's 24 points and 12 rebounds.
"We're a balanced attack. A different guy will get going every night," Pacers
coach Frank Vogel said.
Paul George and Lance Stephenson scored 18 points apiece for the Pacers, who
shot 51.4 percent to make up for 19 turnovers that led to 25 Milwaukee points.
The Pacers have won three in a row and will put their 16-10 road record on the
Indiana guard George Hill (shoulder) is questionable against the Celtics.
Boston ended a five-game losing streak with Wednesday's 115-104 victory over
the Atlanta Hawks in the opener of a five-game homestand.
Jerryd Bayless netted 29 points, while Rajon Rondo added 22 points and 11
assists for the Celtics, who had a 34-25 advantage in the fourth quarter and
improved to 12-17 in Beantown.
"It was good that they played well together," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens
said of the Bayless/Rondo combo. "Maybe we'll see that more. Makes a lot of
sense after tonight."
Jeff Green tallied 17 points and eight rebounds, while Brandon Bass provided
14 points and eight boards in a winning effort. The Celtics were without
forward Jared Sullinger (mild concussion) and center Kelly Olynyk (toe). Both
players are questionable Saturday. Sullinger has missed three straight games.
The Celtics will also host Golden State, Brooklyn and Detroit on the stay and
have lost the first two meetings with Indiana this season. The two teams will
meet again March 11 in Indy.
Indiana has dropped nine of its last 11 visits to Boston.
03/01 10:22:32 ET