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Open Game Thread #18: Pacers at Clippers

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The Pacers finish their four game roadie with an L.A. mantinee this afternoon against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Check out Bruno's Scouting Report for a game preview. Jermaine O'Neal is doubtful, adding the shoulder stinger to his left knee. Sounds like he's going to try his best to play.

Here's what the efficiency numbers say:

Team Pace Off.Eff. Def.Eff.
IND 97.5(3rd) 104.7(20th) 105.6(14th)
LAC 94.0(9th) 101.8(25th) 106.7(17th)

After watching Sam Cassell destroy the Pacers in their last meeting, it is hard to believe the Clips' offense has struggled so much since. Sam I Am is nursing a strained calf, so the Blue and Gold might catch a break and not have to contend with a healthy Cassell. The Pacers should have plenty of chances to win this game which would make for a nice 3-1 road trip.

Projected Starters
PACERS pos. CLIPPERS
Troy Murphy F Aaron Williams
Danny Granger F Tim Thomas
Jeff Foster C Chris Kaman
Mike Dunleavy G Corey Maggette
Jamaal Tinsley G Sam Cassell

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