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Game Thread #9: New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers

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Indiana Pacers
1-9 5-3
Novermber 18, 2009 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Chris Duhon PG T.J. Ford
Larry Hughes SG Brandon Rush
Wilson Chandler SF Dahntay Jones
Danilo Gallinari PF Danny Granger
David Lee C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers try to extend their winning streak to six game tonight when they host the 1-9 New York Knicks at the Fieldhouse. Yes, the W will be there for the taking but it won't be nearly as easy as it appears on paper (or pixels depending on your preference for content consumption).

The Pacers are playing their second game in two nights and were forced to extend a lot of energy to secure a win in New Jersey last night. Meanwhile, the Knicks haven't played since last Friday, so with four full days off in the tank, not only are the Knicks desperate for a win but they're rested and ready to go after it.

The Pacers turned their season around with a stellar second-half defensive effort when the teams met at MSG two weeks ago and they've maintained that defensive disposition ever since. Depending on the D is the easiest way to keep the current good feelings flowing. Hopefully they can take some of that flow to the offensive end and make it a bit easier to score buckets than it was last night.

Whether they depend on their defense or offense or some productive combination of the two, this is a game the Pacers need to win to back up their playoff aspirations.

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

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