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Open Game Thread #49: Pacers vs. Spurs

Here's Bruno's Scouting Report with a closer look at the recent fourth quarter woes that have turned solid play in to losses. In a nutshell, the Pacers can't get stops and can't score consistently down the stretch, which is obviously a lethal combination. The Spurs have been dawdling through the regular season lately, finishing January with an 8-8 record. The good news for the Pacers is that Tony Parker will not play, so he won't be taking the ball in the lane at will tonight. The bad news though, is that Manu Ginobili would be driving the lane regardless of how strong the Pacers' perimeter defense, but since we all know this is a weakness, he's probably having trouble containing his excitement.

Here's what the efficiency numbers say:

Team Pace Off.Eff. Def.Eff.
IND 96.8(2nd) 106.1(18th) 108.1(19th)
SAS 87.5(28th) 109.6(18th) 104.2(4th)
Sheesh, since J.O. has been on the shelf, that defensive efficiency number and ranking have steadily increased.

Projected Starters
PACERS pos. SPURS
Mike Dunleavy F Bruce Bowen
Troy Murphy F Fabricio Oberto
Jeff Foster C Tim Duncan
Danny Granger G Michael Finley
Travis Diener G Manu Ginobili

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