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Game Thread #5: New Jersey Nets at Indiana Pacers

2-2 1-3
November 8, 2008 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Devin Harris PG T.J. Ford
Vince Carter SG Marquis Daniels
Bobby Simmons SF Danny Granger
Yi Jianlian PF Troy Murphy
Josh Boone C Jeff Foster

Update: Via Nets Daily, Devin Harris is not playing tonight for the Nets.

The Indiana Pacers host the New Jersey Nets at the Fieldhouse tonight for the second half of back-to-back games for both teams. Former IU hoops manager, Lawrence Frank, who I've been told prefers to go by L, brings is Nets to the Fieldhouse in the midst of implementing the dribble-drive offense.

The Nets had it going Friday night when they beat the Detroit Pistons to ruin Allen Iverson's debut with the Pistons. Judging by the level of frustration the Pacers expressed after the loss to Cleveland, the Blue and Gold should be ready to go tonight.

A W tonight is also critical for the Pacers from a PR standpoint. Fans attending games have enjoyed the play of the Pacers thus far, but only 11,000 showed up against Phoenix. We know the W's are going to be hard to come by for the first 20 or so games, but the casual fan is simply looking for wins to excite them. Playing hard without two starters against great teams doesn't trump the loss for most fans not interested in the long-term big picture for the Pacers. A home game against the Nets is close to a must win when considering the team's efforts to attract fans back to the Fieldhouse.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on the game in the comments.