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Game Thread #39: Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers

Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers
22-14 13-25
January 14, 2009 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Rodney Stuckey PG Jarrett Jack
Allen Iverson SG Stephen Graham
Richard Hamilton SF Danny Granger
Tayshaun Prince PF Troy Murphy
Rasheed Wallace C Roy Hibbert

The Pacers try to regroup at the Fieldhouse Wednesday night when the dreaded Detroit Pistons come to town. Richard Hamilton recently returned to the lineup so the Pistons will likely go small, playing Rodney Stuckey, Allen Iverson and Richard Hamilton at the same time.

If they don't then they haven't been watching video of the Pacers lately and their struggles to keep the ball in front of them on defense. How will the Pacers handle the Pistons with three guards capable of lighting up the scoreboard? I certainly don't expect the Pacers to slow it down and go big, although that should be a serious option. If T.J. Ford and Marquis Daniels aren't available something will have to give because the Pacers won't be able to keep up for all 48 minutes.

Here are the Matchups.

For the Detroit perspective, check out two of my all-time favorite sites, mentors if you will, Detroit Bad Boys and Need4Sheed.

Assuming my flights are on time I'll be checking in on this one from Seattle. Leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments.