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    Default Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

    The Celtics have sustained a lot of injuries of late. A review of their injury report and depth chart (FoxSports.com) shows they can only go 9-deep.

    Glen Davis has to pull double-duty. He's playing a reserve role at Center behind the lesser experienced Semih Erden and also at PF behind KG. The Celtics also have problems at SG and PG.

    At SG, they've gone with Von Wafer behind Ray Allen. But Wafer, who's only averaging 2 ppg over the last 20 games, suffered from a back injury yesterday and didn't return to play in the 2nd-half against the Hawks. Meanwhile, in the absence of Rajon Rondo (out for the next week or so w/a sprained ankle), the Celtics have gone with the PG duo of Nat Robinson and Avery Bradley, a rookie who's also avg 2 ppg.

    In short, the Celtics will likely be without Shaq, JO, Rondo, Delante West and Perkins. If JOB was smart, he'd go with a 10-man rotation and have our Guards and SFs attack the paint on every possession. In fact, there's no reason our Bigs - Hibbert, Solo, Jmac, Foster and Hansborough - shouldn't dominate the likes of KG and Glen Davis. Soften the middle where the Celtics are weakest right now and they can win handily. Depend on too many jump shots and they'll get in a shooting match with Pierce, Allen and KG - who are all playing extended minutes (avg 36 mpg; those 3 along with Erden, Robinson and Davis - the Celtics' top 6 players during their injury woes - are avg 34 mpg).

    Play smarter, not harder.
    Last edited by NuffSaid; 12-18-2010 at 12:30 PM.

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