|January 30, 2009 - 7:00PM EST|
|Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana|
|Mario Chalmers||PG||T.J. Ford|
|Dwyane Wade||SG||Mike Dunleavy|
|Yakhouba Diawara||SF||Danny Granger|
|Udonis Haslem||PF||Troy Murphy|
|Jamaal Magloire||C||Jeff Foster|
Basking in the glow of Danny Granger's All-Star selection, the Indiana Pacers turn their focus to the visiting Miami Heat tonight. The Pacers will try to win their seventh straight game at the Fieldhouse while also trying to keep pace in the muddled Eastern Conference playoff chase. Incredibly, the Pacers have beaten the Heat 12 straight times at the Fieldhouse.
Speaking with Mark Boyle on his radio show last night, Jim O'Brien seemed to indicate that Granger's knee had responded well to the rest and treatment, so he was hopeful that Danny would be available to take his All-Star bows from the home crowd and then take on the Heat.
Of course, Dwyane Wade makes the Heat go and his league-leading 28.5 PPG scoring average is a big reason why. He's a tough matchup for any player in the league, so the Pacers will likely throw heavy doses of Marquis Daniels and Stephen Graham at him and probably slide Granger over to him at times, if the knee allows. This also depends on the status of the Heat's Shawn Marion who has missed a few games lately with a groin injury and remains questionable.
The Heat have taken care of businsess lately, winning seven of their last ten games with the three losses coming against the Lakers, Celtics and Rockets. While Wade should be garner plenty of attention from the Pacers defense, he's going to get his points. The Pacers need to forcus on guys like Yakhouba Diawara and Daequan Cook who can both heat up in a hurry and are the type of players the Pacers have allowed to go off for season or career-high nights in previous losses.
Here are the Pacers.com Matchups. T.J. Ford appears set to take over his starting position again.
For the Miami perspective, check out Penninsula Is Mightier.
- Bruno's take on Danny Granger getting the All-Star nod.
- Mike Wells reports on Granger's All-Star selection.
- Q & A with Granger after All-Star announcement.
- Kevin Lee updates us on Granger's health and his All-Star prognostications. Not bad.
- Michael Cunningham reports on the Heat trying to end their losing streak at the Fieldhouse.
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