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Game Thread # 27: Indiana Pacers at Philadelphia 76ers

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Philadelphia 76ers
9-17 12-14
December 20, 2008 - 7:30PM EST
Wachovia Center
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Jarrett Jack PG Andre Miller
Brandon Rush SG Willie Green
Stephen Graham SF Andre Iguodala
Jeff Foster PF Thaddeus Young
Roy Hibbert C Samuel Dalembert

The Indiana Pacers will have to suck it up and dig deep to find enough game to play with the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night. For the second night in a row, Danny Granger, Marquis Daniels and Troy Murphy are expected to miss the game along with Mike Dunleavy. On top of that good news, the Pacers who did play last night logged some significant minutes in a double OT game.

Jeff Rabjohns had some great stuff in his post-game blog post at Pacers Insider including a great quote from Brandon Rush on dealing with such a physically draining back-to-back situation.

"I think we're going to be OK," Rush said. "A lot of guys like Jarrett, T.J. and all those guys played a lot of minutes. But I think we're going to bring it back to AAU ball when we play a lot of minutes, get up the next day and get ready for the next game."

Hopefully they won't play like an AAU team because an NBA effort will be required to have a chance.

Here are the matchups.

For a Philly perspective, check out Liberty Ballers.

Gameday Reading

  • Bruno's LIVE! blog final from the game last night.
  • Jeff Rabjohns credits the Pacers for their short-handed effort.
  • Pacers Notebook focuses on all the local flavor involved in last night's game including Eric Gordon's big 3-ball in the second overtime.
  • Clips Nation is not impressed with the Clippers being pushed to double OT by the depleted rotser that the Pacers threw at them.
  • ClipperBlog takes a close look at the critical plays late in the game.

I'll be watching this one late after checking out Stephen Curry against Purdue and joining some friends for dinner. Leave your thoughts and observations in the comments.