Pacers try to emulate Celtics under new coach

Pacers try to emulate Celtics under new coach
March 16, 2011, 11:42 pm
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By A.Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON The Indiana Pacers have been a much-improved team since they replaced Jim O'Brien with then-Pacers assistant Frank Vogel.

Vogel, a former video coordinator for the Celtics, said shortly after getting the job how he wanted to his team to play similar to the Celtics -- minus the slew of Hall of Fame players, of course.

"I don't ever know what style we are," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "I just know there's a way you should play, and I believe that. When we do that, I think we are pretty good."

Rivers added, "all we're doing is emulating what the past, the older Celtics, used to do. We're just trying to play that way."

In other Celtics news, Rivers said Shaquille O'Neal participated in the team's shoot-around prior to Wednesday's game.

"Shaq shot today and felt pretty good," Rivers said. "I don't know what the time frame is (for his return). The fact that he's on the floor means sooner than later, I hope."

O'Neal has appeared in 36 games this season, and is averaging 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

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