Good news for Pacers fans: Boston will be down three starters, plus a key reserve, as they go up against Indiana the night after they mounted a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Magic in Orlando.
Rondo, Ray Allen, Jermaine O’Neal, Keyon Dooling all out tonight. Celtics starters will be Bradley, Pietrus, Pierce, Bass and Garnett.
Bad news for Pacers fans: Boston is playing excellent basketball right now and beat the aforementioned Magic in Orlando last night despite none of those starters playing last night either. Meanwhile, those Orlando Magic stomped the Pacers just three days ago. Styles make fights, er ballgames, as they say so that means little. But the Pacers players would be advised not to take it easy on the Cs just cause they’re down a few guys.
Boston will also have the revenge motivation. Indiana won here in Boston three weeks ago and waxed the Celtics in Indiana since then.