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Game Thread #12: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat

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November 22, 2008 - 7:30PM EST
American Airlines Arena
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
T.J. Ford PG Mario Chalmers
Marquis Daniels SG Dwyane Wade
Danny Granger SF Shawn Marion
Troy Murphy PF Michael Beasley
Rasho Nesterovic C Udonis Haslem

After a tough loss to Orlando last night, the Pacers have to fire up for a challenging road game against Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. Wade is a nightmare matchup and should keep Marquis Daniels, Jarrett Jack and Brandon Rush busy all night. The key is not to let any of his teammates loose.

As always, if the Pacers take care of the ball they should have a good shot at the road win.

Here are the Pacers.com matchups.

For a Miami perspective, check ouPeninsula is Mightier.

Pregame Reading

  • Mike Wells tempers the expectations for a Mike Dunleavy return in the short-term. Chris Denari talked up his workouts on Tuesday night, but they were still individual workouts, not with team.
  • I asked him recently if he's taken any steps toward his return and his response was, "I'd call it more like a half step." That's not a good sign. Dunleavy's workouts has been relatively the same the past few weeks. He does strength and conditioning work on the side while watching his teammates practice. He takes the court afterwards and goes through shooting drills.
  • Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem will play tonight despitesitting out the team's shootaround. Wade is battling some flu-like symptoms and Haslem is taking care sprained big left toe.
  • Postgame report from last night's loss plus Mike Wells recap of the game.
  • Third Quarter Collapse recap from the Magic side of things.

Leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments.