NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 14th (All times eastern)
Boston Celtics (8-2) at Indiana Pacers (3-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers hope to close out a three-game homestand in perfect fashion Saturday when they play host to the Atlantic Division- leading Boston Celtics.
The Pacers improved to 2-0 on the residency Wednesday when Danny Granger finished with 31 points and 16 rebounds, carrying Indiana to a 108-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Earl Watson, playing extended minutes after T.J. Ford left early with back spasms, notched 16 points. Ford is questionable for tonight's contest.
"I knew I had to get into the flow of the game no matter what and take leadership on the court," Watson said. "I tried to get everybody the ball to get our offense in rhythm."
Roy Hibbert contributed 16 points and nine boards for the Pacers, who have won three straight after opening the season with three losses. Tyler Hansbrough and Brandon Rush each added 11 points to the winning cause.
The Celtics hope to rebound from their second loss of the season when they put their 4-0 road record on the line Saturday.
Boston is coming off Friday's 97-86 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks, as Paul Pierce netted 24 points for the Celtics, who lost for just the second time in 10 games this season. Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins each finished with 14 points, while Perkins grabbed nine boards.
It was a rough perimeter shooting night for the Celtics, who went 1-of-15 from three-point range. Boston was also out-muscled on the glass, with Atlanta posting a 47-29 rebounding edge.
"I thought we scrambled for the most part," acknowledged Pierce. "I just thought we really got hurt on the offensive rebounds. I thought we did a good job initially on the first shots, but like Kevin said it's the second shots that really killed us."
Boston has taken three straight and six of its last seven games with the Pacers.
11/14 10:31:07 ET