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Game Thread #37: Indiana Pacers @ Golden State Warriors

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Indiana Pacers
@
Golden State Warriors
13-23 10-27
January 11, 2009 - 9:00PM EST
Oracle Arena
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Jarrett Jack PG Jamal Crawford
Stephen Graham SG Marco Belinelli
Danny Granger SF Kelena Azubuike
Troy Murphy PF Brandon Wright
Roy Hibbert C Andris Biedrins

UPDATE: Bruno'sInside the Game LIVE blog is up. Also, just heard JOB mention that T.J. Ford will try to give it a go tonight off the bench. How his back reacts will determine how much he plays.

The Indiana Pacers continue their desperate search for W's on the road out west when they visit the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors. Both teams score points in bunches and with all the high-scoring games the Pacers have played in on this trip, this one could top them all. So it makes sens to once again, beg for a little dedication at the defensive end to make a difference tonight.

The Pacers should be fully engaged since the presence of former Dubs, Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy should have the ROracle crowd energized. I'm assuming Dun is still on a minutes "pitch count" and will come off the bench. I love having him off the bench to fortify the second unit, yet still be available for crunch time.

Here are the Pacers.com matchups. I'm assuming Marquis Daniels is a game-time decision and T.J. Ford won't be available, again.

For a Golden State perspective, check out Golden State of Mind.

Gameday Reading

  • Mike Wells looks into the trend of the opposition's top scorer going off against the Pacers. My thoughts on the topic remain the same a few weeks later although I was focusing on role players lighting up the Pacers. Either way it boils down to a defensive effort from the Pacers that makes the opponent a little more uncomfortable.

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