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Game Day Thread #36: Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Lakers

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Indiana Pacers
@
Los Angeles Lakers
13-22 28-6
January 9, 2009 - 10:30PM EST
Staples Center
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Jarrett Jack PG Derek Fisher
Stephen Graham SG Kobe Bryant
Danny Granger SF Vladimir Radmanovic
Troy Murphy PF Pau Gasol
Roy Hibbert C Andrew Bynum

The Indiana Pacers won't be able to sneak up on the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples Center. Despite the disparity to the W-L record of both teams, the Lakers will now doubt remembert that one of their paltry six L's were delivered by the Pacers. Plus, Danny Granger drew some additional attention to the Pacers with his game-winner in Phoenix on Wednesday night.

Obviously, the Lakers are a nightmare matchup, so the Pacers will have to play well, value the ball and concentrate on defense to have a chance at the end of regulation. The Pacers have been full of surprises this year so let's hope they have another one in them.

Jim O'Brien didn't sound too positive about T.J. Ford's health on his radio show Thursday night. Doesn't sound like he'll play again on this road trip, but the back strain remains day-to-day. Marquis Daniels is expected back before the end of the trip, but his availability tonight is unknown. I'm not expecting Quisy to play at this point.

The Lakers are also dealing with some injuries to key bench players on their roster. Lamar Odom, Jordan Farmar and Luke Walton are expected to miss tonight's game.

Here are the Pacers.com matchups.

For a Lakers perspective, check out Forum Blue & Gold, LA Ball Talk and.

Gameday Reading

  • Bruno's latest Caught in the Web accounts for the all the heart-stopping games the Pacers have taken part in so far this season and considers the nickname, Pacemakers. I can go with it. If you have a better one, let him know.
  • Mike Wells reports on Danny Granger's increasing odds of landing on the Eastern Conference All-Star team. The buzz about Granger's play this year has certainly broken out on a national level.
  • Mike Dunleavy joins JMV on The Drive (podcast). Nice to hear him say the knee felt really good, as good as it has felt even dating back to last year. Let's hope that feeling holds throughout the season. He also mentions something I didn't think of after Granger's game winner. Had the game gone into OT, Mike's 20 minutes of allowed playing time were up so he would've had to watch. He thinks he and JOB may have had to battle the training staff. He's trying to negotiate more minutes for tonight's game.
  • Mike Bresnahan offers some Laker notes, including Kobe Bryant stepping up his play of late. Yay.
  • I answered a few questions for LA Ball Talk.

Leave your comments and observations on the game in the comments.