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Game Thread #46: Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers

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Indiana Pacers
22-26 17-28
January 28, 2009 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Luke Ridnour PG T.J. Ford
Ramon Sessions SG Mike Dunleavy
Richard Jefferson SF Danny Granger
Charlie Villanueva PF Troy Murphy
Dan Gadzuric C Jeff Foster

UPDATE: Danny Granger will not play tonight. According to JOB, his knee flared up last night, which was noticeable when he left the court for the last time in the fourth quarter. Jack will start and Dun will move to SF.

Wow, there's a lot of snow in Indy today. The Milwaukee Bucks come to town, assuming they arrived yesterday, minus Michael Redd which is a bonus for the Pacers since they obviously struggle to slow down perimeter assassins, like Redd. Also, Bucks center Andrew Bogut is with the team but also not expected to play. The Pacers have to bounce back from the loss and take care of business tonight.

The underlying subplot to this game is the return of Cell-vin Sampson, disgraced former IU baskteball coach, to Indy. Scott Skiles threw Sampson a golden parachute after he destroyed his credibility in the college game with repeated recruiting violations. The stain Sampson left on the extremely proud IU basketball program is being felt this year as the Hoosiers appear headed toward a season with less than ten wins.

The weather may cut Sampson a break because it will likely keep many Hoosier fans from coming out of the woodwork just to let Sampson feel their wrath.

Here are the Matchups. T.J. Ford appears set to take over his starting position again.

For the Milwaukee perspective, check out BrewHoop.

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