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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Game 26: Celtics vs. Pacers

By Chris Forsberg

(21-4, 11-1 home)     -- vs. --     (12-13, 5-7 away)
at TD Garden, 1 p.m. | CSN, WEEI (850 AM)

GAME PREVIEW (via Stats Inc.)
The Boston Celtics are already missing NBA assist leader Rajon Rondo and might be ready to add a fourth center to their list of walking wounded.

Those who remain in the lineup are making the slew of injuries easy to forget.

Boston's Big Three and one of the league's stingiest defenses have kept the Celtics thriving during 12 straight wins, a run they'll look to extend to an NBA season-high 13 on Sunday afternoon against the visiting Indiana Pacers.

Boston (21-4) hasn't had Rondo for four games during its streak and has been without Shaquille O'Neal for the past four contests, while Jermaine O'Neal has been out since early November and Kendrick Perkins likely won't make his season debut until after the All-Star break.

The Celtics certainly haven't let those absences slow them down. Boston has won by an average of 13.4 points while allowing 88.9 points per game during its streak, which it pushed to 12 with a 102-90 win over Atlanta on Thursday.

"What are you going to do? Quit? Put your clothes on and go home?" Kevin Garnett said after finishing with 17 points and 14 rebounds -- his third straight double-double. "That's not what we do here.

"We are just out here grinding. There's nothing else to say. Every player is giving everything they have. In order for us to win these games, we just have to give everything we have until we get guys back."

Read the full preview HERE.