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Game Thread #8: Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers

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3-5 4-3
November 14, 2008 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Andre Miller PG T.J. Ford
Andre Iguodala SG Marquis Daniels
Thaddeus Young SF Danny Granger
Elton Brand PF Troy Murphy
Samuel Dalembert C Rasho Nesterovic

UPDATE: Check out Bruno's LIVE Game Blog for the courtside action.

The Indiana Pacers host the Philadelphia 76ers at the Fieldhouse Friday night. The promising Sixers have struggled out of the gate but will be working to build on their win at Toronto on Wednesday.

The Pacers will be looking to continue their solid play of late while trying to win four in a row. No easy task in the NBA. After battling through a few games with a short-handed roster, the Pacers should bring more healthy bodies to this game. It looks like Danny Granger and Troy Murphy will return to the lineup so only Mike Dunleavy remains out with Travis Diener available for limited minutes.

Game Day Reading

Bruno's Caught in the Web focuses on Jeff Foster recent offensive exploits, although it sounds like Jeff is just releasing his frustration over not grabbing enough rebounds. Hey, whatever works. Also, there will be a little brotherly love on the court with Philly in town as former Pacer Kareem Rush will matchup against little brother, Brandon.

Game Matchups

Mike Wells checks in with the Rush brothers in anticipation of their first official game against each other. In describing Brandon's game, Kareem succinctly explains why the Pacers swapped out Rush brothers over the summer.

He (Brandon) can shoot from the perimeter like Kareem and attack off the dribble like JaRon.

"He's . . . a lot more athletic than I am," Kareem told the Daily News. "JaRon was just raw athletic. I've been a shooter all my life. Brandon's going to have a chance to be a good player in the league. He defends well, he shoots, dribbles, is more all-around."

Phil Jasner also joins the Rush-fest. Jasner and John Smallwood maintain Sixerville for all the Sixer-centric news.

For a Philly fan perspective, check out Liberty Ballers with a nice game preview. Also, check out The 700 Level, Sixers4Guidos and Passion and Pride.

John Schuhmann at NBA.com takes a look at Danny Granger and his strong start to the season. Schuhmann swears he didn't put the injury jinx on Danny.

I will be at the Fieldhouse for this one wo my commenting may be sporadic. If you're watching at home leave your thoughts in the comments so those not watching can keep up with the highlights.