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With their playoff seeds set, the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics don't plan on over-extending themselves before the postseason begins.
Multiple players on both teams could rest as visiting Indiana looks to avoid a fifth straight loss to Boston on Tuesday night.
The Central Division champion Pacers (49-31) are guaranteed the Eastern Conference's third seed after falling 90-80 to second-place New York on Sunday.
Indiana is on the verge of winning 50 games for the first time since 2003-04, though it has been struggling down the stretch. It is allowing 100.4 points per game - nearly 10 above its season average - while dropping four of five.
Paul George, the Pacers' leading scorer at 17.4 points per game, finished 3 for 12 from the field and 1 of 8 from 3-point range while scoring nine points Sunday. He's averaging 10.8 points and shooting a dismal 28.3 percent over the last five.
"We (aren't) satisfied with (the No. 3 seed),'' George said. ''Of course we felt we earned it playing throughout the year, but we haven't really earned it as far as getting the win and solidifying it ourselves. We're just not taking care of business.''
Coach Frank Vogel believes that's partly due to fatigue as the regular season draws to a close. Lance Stephenson scored 22 points Sunday and is averaging 16.0 over his last three, but the Pacers committed a season-worst 26 turnovers.
''Got a couple of guys banged up and a couple of guys with dead legs,'' said Vogel, whose team finishes the season Wednesday at home versus Philadelphia. ''Paul George's 3-point shot is not even close. He's been playing too many minutes. Boston's had the luxury to rest some guys. We're going to take advantage of that.''
Vogel didn't specify who will sit out, but he can likely prepare for Celtics coach Doc Rivers to play with a shorter bench as well.
Veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have been battling nagging injuries and sat out Friday's 109-101 loss to Miami. They returned but played fewer minutes than their averages as Boston (41-39) set a season high for points in a 120-88 win over Orlando on Saturday.
The Celtics, who have lost 10 of 15, are guaranteed the seventh seed and will face New York in the first round of the playoffs after finishing the regular season Wednesday at Toronto.
''It's a fine line between rest and health,'' Pierce said. "Right now we're as healthy as we're gonna be for the rest of the season. "If we play the next couple of games or if we didn't, the most important thing is that we're ready for the playoffs.''
The Celtics have held the Pacers to an average of 78.8 points while winning the last four meetings, including an 83-81 victory March 6 as Jeff Green scored with 0.5 seconds remaining.
Green scored 17 points Saturday and is averaging 20.2 over his last nine games.
''He's going to be huge for us as that third scorer," Pierce said. "Everybody already knows what me and Kevin bring. He's going to have to be that guy now."
Rivers, who also rested Jason Terry on Saturday, hasn't said who will be in uniform versus Indiana.
"The key for us is to get through these two games, have some great practices and get ready for the playoffs," Rivers said. "That's what you play the whole season for.''
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If it's worth anything: Kevin Garnett is standing as still as a statue in the middle of the practice floor, staring up at the banners.
— Greg Payne (@GregPayne_ESPN) April 16, 2013
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* PIERCE (ILLNESS) SITS OUT: Celtics captain Paul Pierce is battling a stomach bug and was told to stay home from practice on Monday. He’s still expected...
With the playoffs quickly approaching and the Celtics seeding set in stone, there really is no reason to play their key guys other than get a rhythm going heading into the playoffs. That especially goes for the veterans.
The 35-year old Jason Terry for one missed the last game against Orlando. Apparently he could miss more than that with some "bothersome" legs.
An expected, but classy gesture. Win this one for Boston.
Celtics president Rich Gotham said they're working on commemorative patches. Would wear them Wednesday & in playoffs.
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) April 16, 2013
I expect all of the Boston teams to give gutsy, emotional performances when the playoffs kick off. And for this kind of tragedy to happen to a city...
Brandon and Nick are very excited to give you an extended Playoff Preview Show tonight with Mr. Sean Grande. Grande is the play-by-play voice of the Boston Celtics. He has been featured on NBATV, the NBA on TNT, his home is WEEI Radio - the radio home of the Boston Celtics. Grande, Gelso and B-Paul will be giving you a playoff preview of the Boston Celtics. We will be taking your...
In light of the tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon today, the game scheduled to take place tomorrow night in Boston between the Celtics and Pacers has been cancelled.
RT @nbapr The April 16 game between the Pacers and Celtics at TD Garden has been canceled. The game will not be rescheduled.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 16, 2013
I'm not sure anyone would be...
Celtics 120, Magic 88
The Celtics clinched the 7th seed in the East as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce returned to action for a tune-up against the Magic. The C’s are now guaranteed to take on the New York Knicks in the first round of the Playoffs.
Jason Terry may have been correct when he quipped that the Magic were “terrible” on Friday night, and insinuated...
At least JET's trash talk didn't come back to bite him in this game. The terrible Magic lived up to their reputation. I'm with Orlando fans on this one, though. I really wish he's just be quiet. We don't need to give teams any added motivation. They all hate the Celtics enough already as it is. It sure was good to get a convincing victory for once...
In a press release tonight, the Celtics announced that the NBA has canceled Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers:Out of respect to all those who have been impacted by the tragic events today in Boston, including members of the extended Celtics family, the Boston Celtics and the NBA have decided to cancel the game scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, between the Boston Celtics...
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Donnie Walsh, 72, isn't sure he'll return as president of the Indiana Pacers next season.
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, still hasn’t let go of the feelings of betrayal he felt was exhibited by former teammate and Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, when he took his beautiful jump shot to South Beach last summer.
According to a story via HoopsWorld, Pierce and Allen have yet to have a conversation, with the Celtics forward conceding that his feelings were hurt.
Celtics beat-up on the Orlando Magic last night, 120-88. C’s are now resting up for “Fan Appreciation Night” at TD Garden on Tuesday. Tip-off for the final home game of the regular season is at 8pm EST. Boston wil play the Pacers, and no word yet on who Doc will play/rest.
Check out some pics & GIFs from last night’s win via HoopChina..
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