Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/4/13
8 a.m. ET: There is good news on the way, as the Celtics will welcome another top-flight defensive squad to the TD Garden on Friday to go up against the Celtics’ scuffling offense. Hey, we never said the Celtics were the ones getting the good news. The Pacers (19-13) come to town for their first of three matchups with the Celtics (14-17) this season, and one of last year’s Eastern Conference semifinalists is flying high after a rough start. Indiana has won nine of their last 11 games, and appear to have figured out how to play without All-Star Danny Granger, who has yet to play this season with an injured left knee. Since opening the season with six losses in their first nine games, the Pacers have steadily risen in the standings and now hold the fourth spot in the East. It’s a worthy debate as to whether the Grizzlies or Pacers are a better defensive team. Lucky for the Celtics, they get to play both in consecutive games. Join us for updates and analysis from the TD Garden during the game, which tips off at 8 p.m. ET.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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