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            === Slumping Celtics hope to end skid versus Pacers ===
 
 (Sports  Network)  - The  Boston Celtics  will try to  snap a four-game losing
 streak  on  Friday night  when they welcome  the hot Indiana  Pacers to the TD
 Garden.
 
 This  losing streak is not a blip on the radar for Boston. The Celtics are 2-8
 in  their  last 10, have fallen  three games under  .500 and are fourth in the
 Atlantic Division, 7 1/2 games behind the New York Knicks.
 
 Head  coach Doc  Rivers is just trying  to figure out how is squad is handling
 this tough stretch.
 
 "I  just  think everyone has a  different emotion and way of handling things,"
 Rivers  said.  "Some guys  take losses  off by  laughing and  trying to get to
 another  universe. Other guys  want to stay in the loss. So you just stay away
 from it."
 
 The  first three  setbacks in this slide  were all lopsided losses on the west
 coast. The Celtics fell to the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and Los
 Angeles Clippers by an average of 23 points.
 
 They returned to the east coast on Wednesday and things got no better.
 
 The  Memphis  Grizzlies came to Beantown  and handed the Celtics a 93-83 loss.
 The  Grizz  took the second  and third quarters,  50-33, and shot 44.4 percent
 from the 3-point line.
 
 Avery Bradley is back and scored four points in 19:31. Paul Pierce led the way
 with  17 and  Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo  and Jeff Green each scored in double
 figures.
 
 Things  don't  get any easier  for the  Celtics, the league's worst rebounding
 team.  The  Grizzlies lead the  NBA in opponents'  scoring, but the Pacers are
 second.
 
 The  Pacers head to Boston winners in six of their last seven. They won two in
 a  row at home, knocking off the lowly Washington Wizards, 89-81, on Wednesday
 night.
 
 Paul George continued his brilliant run with 29 points and 14 rebounds.
 
 "Paul  George is becoming a beast of a player on both ends of the court," said
 head  coach Frank Vogel.  "He's probably the best wing defender in the NBA ...
 it was a dominant performance by him at both ends."
 
 D.J.  Augustin, who started in place of the injured George Hill, chipped in 18
 points and six assists. Roy Hibbert scored 13.
 
 The  Pacers shot 37.7  percent from the field Wednesday, but still got the win
 to stay one game above the Chicago Bulls in the Central Division standings.
 
 These  two teams split  four meetings last season, but the Celtics have won 10
 of their last 14 against the Pacers. Indiana has lost 12 of 14 at TD Garden.
 
 
 01/04 10:47:43 ET

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