Tonight in the NBA: Celtics seek 8th straight

Tonight in the NBA: Celtics seek 8th straight
February 11, 2013, 11:00 am
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The Sixers welcome Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers to the Wells Fargo Center Monday night. Doug Collins admitted that his team has not adjusted well to change this season, something the Sixers need to improve given all their injuries (see story).

However, a newcomer gave the Sixers a spark in his Philly debut on Saturday (see story).

Now, here's a preview of tonight's action around the NBA:

Celtics at Bobcats, 7 p.m.
After cooling off the NBA's hottest team in their last game, the Boston Celtics will try to extend their winning streak against the team with the league's worst record.

The Celtics look to win their eighth game in a row since All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo went down on Monday night when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats, losers of seven straight.

Boston (27-23) appeared to be going nowhere fast only two weeks ago when it lost the NBA leader in assists and triple doubles to a season-ending knee injury in the final game of a season-high six-game losing streak.

Instead, the Celtics have responded with a season-best seven consecutive victories - their longest since winning 14 straight in the 2010-11 season.

Nets at Pacers, 7 p.m.
After a couple of much-needed days off, the Indiana Pacers will look to begin another home winning streak against a team that's had trouble beating them at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Pacers attempt to get back on track by winning a sixth straight home meeting with the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Central Division-leading Indiana (31-20) had won five straight games before Friday's 100-98 overtime loss to Toronto that seemed like a cruel joke being played on a fatigued team fighting through its fourth game in five nights - including a back-to-back-to-back stretch.

"We understood that after winning three in a row in three nights that we weren't out of the clear," coach Frank Vogel said.

Spurs at Bulls, 8 p.m.
Whether or not Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili are able to return for Monday night's matchup with the Chicago Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs seem to be in good hands with Tony Parker running the show.

The red-hot point guard looks to help San Antonio earn a 13th victory in 14 games when it faces a Chicago team returning home after an up-and-down road trip.

Duncan has missed eight of the last 10 games nursing a sore left knee, while Ginobili has sat out four straight with tightness in his left hamstring. Coach Gregg Popovich has made clear he will not rush back two of his key players, and it's unknown if either will be able to play Monday.

Parker, though, shouldered the load once again Sunday, scoring 29 points and adding 11 assists in a 111-86 victory over Brooklyn - the third of a franchise-record nine straight road games.

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