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Game Thread # 32: Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks

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New York Knicks
10-21 12-18
January 2, 2009 - 7:30PM EST
Madison Square Garden
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
T.J. Ford PG Chris Duhon
Marquis Daniels SG Quentin Richardson
Danny Granger SF Wilson Chandler
Jeff Foster PF David Lee
Roy Hibbert C Jared Jeffries

UPDATE: Bruno's Inside the Game LIVE blog is up.

The Indiana Pacers ring in the new year at MSG Friday night when they take on the New York Knicks. The Knicks won their previous game at Charlotte on Tuesday to break a then 6-game losing streak.

Former Indiana Mr. Basketball and Bloomington North standout, Jared Jeffries, has started the past two games at center for the Knicks. That's some small ball, people. Kind of funny, since Jeffries played more shooting guard than center when he was in high school at Bloomington North.

The Pacers use of small ball usually works better when they dictate the lineup change. Attempting to match other athletic, small lineups has not worked so well this year. I guess it all depends on what Roy Hibbert and Rasho Nesterovic bring to the Garden party. I actually think the Pacers could go small and matchup well with the Knicks. If JJ is at center, and Roy can't expose the size matchup to the Pacers' advantage, I wouldn't mind seeing Josh McRoberts get a little run. With his athletic game he would still have a size advantage to work with against the Knicks.

Here are the matchups. Al Harrington has had some huge games since coming over New York from Golden State, but recently moved to the bench, now playing a sixth man role. The Pacers appear to be back at full strength (albeit without Mike Dunleavy) with T.J. Ford slated to start after dealing with back issues for the past few games.

For a New York perspective, check out Posting and Toasting and Knickerblogger.

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