NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 23rd (All times eastern)
Boston Celtics (4-4) at Indiana Pacers (7-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers try to get back on the winning track tonight, as they welcome the Boston Celtics to Conseco Fieldhouse for the second of a four-game homestand.
Indiana plays its second game without Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal. On Sunday, NBA Commissioner David Stern handed down the suspensions for the disgraceful events that took place during Friday's Pistons/Pacers game at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Artest is gone for the rest of the season, while O'Neal will miss 25 contests and swingman Stephen Jackson, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Atlanta Hawks, will not suit up for Indiana's next 30 games.
Also receiving suspensions from Friday's horrific event were Indiana's Reggie Miller, who was suspended for one game, and reserve Anthony Johnson, who will be out for five contests as a result of his actions during the brawl. Miller (hand) and Johnson (finger) are currently on the injured list.
On Saturday, the undermanned Pacers found themselves on the losing end of an 86-83 decision against the Orlando Magic at Conseco Fieldhouse. Fred Jones poured in a career-high 31 points for the Pacers, who dressed the league minimum eight players, but played only six due to injuries to Jamaal Tinsley and Scot Pollard. Rookie David Harrison had 19 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
The Pacers, who will also host the Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Bobcats on the current stand, are 3-2 at home this season.
Boston enters tonight's contest having won four of its last six contests. On Sunday, Ricky Davis converted 10-of-14 shots to finish with 25 points off the bench and lifted the Celtics to a 102-83 win over the Seattle SuperSonics at the FleetCenter.
Paul Pierce finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the win for the Celtics, who snapped a two-game losing streak and earned their sixth straight home victory in the series against Seattle. Former Sonic Gary Payton contributed 12 points and seven assists in the win.
Mark Blount and Jiri Welsch both registered 12 points for Boston in Sunday's victory. Raef LaFrentz notched 11 points and six boards for the Celtics, who improved to 3-3 at home this season. Welsh also posted eight rebounds for Boston.
Davis has scored in double-digits in six of Boston's eight games. He is averaging 16 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists this season.
The Celtics are 1-1 as the visitor this season.
Earlier this season, Indiana defeated the Celtics, 100-94, at the FleetCenter on November 5. Overall, the road team has won four of the last five contests in this series. Boston has lost three of four and four of its last six at Indiana.
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