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Open Game Thread #67: Pacers vs. Knicks

The New York Knicks are in town and I'm actually going down to the game after work tonight. With Eddy Curry out for the Knicks, the matchups set up well for the Pacers to stay small and run it up and down the floor. With the Beach Boys setting the tempo for the Knicks, I'm expecting a wild game with plenty of excitement. Of course, all of the wild excitement could turn out of control and sloppy with missed shots and turnovers mounting. Sloppy? Pacers and Knicks? Nah.

Here's Bruno's Scouting Report setting a now or never tone for the Pacers' lingering playoff hopes. With the remaining schedule including six games against teams fighting with the Pacers for a playoff spot, the Pacers still control their own destiny. But no since looking ahead now, it's one game at time and tonight the focus is on the Knicks.

For a great Knicks' perspective, check out Knickerblogger and Posting and Toasting.

Update: Man, I love it when the Pacers play the Knicks. The NY tabs always bring us some juicy stories. Doesn't get much better than this one, with private plane tracking, clandestine meetings, oh, and this throw away line.

Dolan has not publicly addressed Thomas' status for more than a year. Walsh's future with the Pacers also remains up in the air. According to a high-ranking Pacers official, the team's co-owners, Herbert and Melvin Simon, are hoping to retain Walsh and fire team president Larry Bird. The same source indicated that Walsh has too much respect for Bird to fire him and then reassume full control of the team.
Next up, a round of denials.

Update II: One more little nugget of happiness for the Pacers here, as the 8 Seconds Saloon trial for Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels is slated to begin this morning. A three or four day trial with around 20 witnesses testifying? Great.

Here's what the efficiency numbers say:
Team Pace Off.Eff. Def.Eff.
IND 96.0(3rd) 107.0(18th) 109.5(18th)
NYK 89.4(20th) 104.9(24th) 113.4(28th)


Projected Starters
PACERS pos. KNICKS
Mike Dunleavy F Wilson Chandler
Troy Murphy F Zach Randolph
Jeff Foster C David Lee
Danny Granger G Jamal Crawford
Flip Murray G Nate Robinson

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