Celtics (53-16) vs. Indiana (31-40)
March 11, 1980
Market Square Arena
The Celtics dropped a second straight game to a team below the .500 mark, as well as picked up their second defeat of the season in Larry Bird’s home state, in a 114-108 loss to the Pacers.
Unfortunately for the Celtics, a three-game cushion over the Philadelphia 76ers had now dwindled down to just one game in the Atlantic Division.
After 69 games starting the exact same backcourt, Bill Fitch had to change up his starting lineup with both guards out of action. The point guard, Nate Archibald, had stayed in Boston. Archibald was expected to miss at least two games with a corneal abrasion after an Elvin Hayes elbow to the right eye in the previous game against the Bullets. As for the shooting guard, Chris Ford ended his streak of 471 consecutive games played (good enough to rank third best in among active NBA players at the time) to be with his mother, who the Boston Globe reported had suffered a stroke. Ford ...