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Game Thread #15: Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Bobcats

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4-10 6-8
November 28, 2008 - 8:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Raymond Felton PG T.J. Ford
Jason Richardson SG Marquis Daniels
Gerald Wallace SF Danny Granger
Emeka Okafor PF Troy Murphy
Alexis Ajinca C Rasho Nesterovic

The Indiana Pacers return home after three straight roadies to take on the Charlotte Bobcats in yet another must win game for the Pacers. OK, 'must win' may be a little strong, but when the following seven games are against Orlando, LA Lakers, Boston, Cleveland, Boston (AGAIN!), Toronto and Detroit, it would sure be nice to lock up a W against the Bobcats tonight.

Of course, Charlotte always causes the Pacers problems. Last year the blue and gold were 1-3 against the Bobcats including a loss at the Fieldhouse in April which eliminated the Pacers from playoff contention with two games to go.

So don't think I'm counting this W. Not the case with the Pacers this year, especially against Charlotte. Plus, there's a good chance Jason Richardson may return after missing the last seven games. Yeesh. Richardson gives the Bobcats their most explosive scorer and combines with Gerald Wallace to create all kinds of matchup problems.

Here are the matchups.

Check out Queen City Hoops, Bobcats Planet, and Bobcats Bonfire for a Charlotte perspective.

Game Day Reading

  • Mike Wells is looking for answers to the lost lead epidemic that has the Pacers 4-6 in games after leading at halftime.
  • Michael Grady keeps his expectations in check after the Pacers comeback win against Houston.
  • HoopsWorld makes the early case for Marquis Daniels as Most Improved Player. Nice to see Quisy get some recognition for his play in Mike Dunleavy's absence.

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