Game Preview: Pacers vs. Celtics


After falling in overtime in their first game after the All-Star break, the Pacers (20-41) wrapped up a two-game Sunday night home run against the Celtics (36-26).

The main storyline for Friday’s game against Oklahoma City was the return of Malcolm Brogdon. The 29-year-old guard took the field for his first game since Jan. 19, recording 31 minutes through the first three quarters and totaling 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting (3-of-8 3-pointers), four rebounds and four assists. decisive.

It was Brogdon’s first match alongside 21-year-old Tyrese Haliburton. Indiana’s new backcourt features two players capable of playing with or without the ball and they have integrated well in their first game together. Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle praised the pair, while Brogdon said he was fine with giving up some point guard responsibilities to Haliburton which will get him noticed more as a shooter and provide less wear and tear on his body. .

“He’s awesome,” Brogdon said of his new teammate after their first game together. “He’s as selfless as they come. Talented, great energy, plays hard on both sides. I really enjoy playing with him.”

The Celtics have arguably been the hottest team in the NBA over the past month. Boston was just 23-24 on Jan. 21 but has won 11 of its next 12 games, including nine in a row from Jan. 29 to Feb. 15. A one-point loss to Detroit in their final game before the All-Star Break ended the Celtics’ streak, but they won in Brooklyn in their first game after the break and got their revenge in Detroit on Saturday. before heading to Indiana the second night in a row.

Projected starters

Pacers: PG – Malcolm Brogdon, SG – Tyrese Haliburton, SF – Buddy Hield, PF – Oshae Brissett, C – Isaiah Jackson
Celtics: PG – Marcus Smart, SG – Jaylen Brown, SF – Jayson Tatum, PF – Al Horford, C – Robert Williams III

injury report

Pacers: Chris Duarte – questionable (painful left big toe), TJ McConnell – out (right wrist ligament surgery), Ricky Rubio – out (torn left ACL), Myles Turner – out (left foot stress reaction), TJ Warren – out (left navicular fracture)

Celtics: Any

Last meeting

January 12, 2022: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 67 points and 11 3-pointers to lead Boston to a 119-100 win at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Brown had a game-high 34 points on 7 of 11 3-pointers, while Tatum scored 33 points and went 4-for-9 from beyond the arc.

The Celtics went from 7-for-10 to 3-pointers in the first quarter — with Tatum at 4-for-4 — and took a 35-25 lead they never relinquished.

“When you’re playing against a team with players like that, and they see a few of them come in easily, there’s not much you can do,” Pacers forward Justin Holiday said. “So I think that was the start, and not being closer (to them) on their shots where they have to work for that.”

Myles Turner had a team-high 18 points for Indiana in the loss. Domantas Sabonis added 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Caris LeVert added 16 points.


  • The Celtics have won four straight games against Indiana, including the teams’ first two meetings this season.
  • Brogdon surpassed 5,000 career points in Friday’s game against Oklahoma City.
  • The Pacers have played 35 “clutch” games — games where the score is within five points with five minutes or less remaining in regulation, the second most in the league (the Lakers have played 36). But Indiana is just 9-26 in those games, the worst winning percentage in clutch games in the NBA.


The Pacers host Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday, February 27 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Find Tickets »

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TV & Radio Listings Broadcast Information »

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (secondary reporter/host)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (secondary reporter/host)

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