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Open Game Thread #48: Pacers vs. Magic

Pacers have lost 15 of 19 games including the last five. The Magic offer no relief with Dwight Howard holding down the middle and Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu adding a perimeter punch. Here's Bruno's Scouting Report which highlights Travis Dieners improved play and the fact he's earned enough trust from O'B to play in crunch time.

Speaking of Travis, check out this Travis Diener interview from SportsBubbler.com when the Pacers were in Milwaukee. A profile on all the Diener family hoopers accompanies the video of Travis. They were a rag tag bunch of youngsters growing up on the mean streets of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, but by mixing basketball with a lot of love they all came out okay on the other end.

Also, Wages of Wins rolled out their mid-year player ratings for all players in the NBA. Dunleavy and Foster come in at 28 and 35, respectively, but after Foster it's a long drop to Granger at 86.

For info on the Magic side of things, check out Third Quarter Collapse.

Here's what the efficiency numbers say:

Team Pace Off.Eff. Def.Eff.
IND 96.2(2nd) 105.9(19th) 107.7(16th)
ORL 92.2(10th) 111.6(9th) 107.1(10th)


Projected Starters
PACERS pos. MAGIC
Mike Dunleavy F Rashard Lewis
Troy Murphy F Hedo Turoglu
Jeff Foster C Dwight Howard
Danny Granger G Maurice Evans
Jamaal Tinsley G Carlos Arroyo

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