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Game Thread #11: Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Bobcats

Indiana Pacers
5-5 3-9
November 22, 2009 - 5:00PM EST
Time Warner Cable Arena
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: No local TV
Probable starters:
T.J. Ford PG Raymond Felton
Brandon Rush SG Stephen Jackson
Dahntay Jones SF Gerald Wallace
Danny Granger PF Boris Diaw
Roy Hibbert C Tyson Chandler

With their record leveled at .500, the Indiana Pacers hit the road for a pair of games beginning Sunday evening at the Charlotte Bobcats. This game will fly under the radar considering the tip time is at 5:00PM in the heart of an NFL Sunday. Plus, there will be no local television broadcast of the game back to Indiana. As usual, Mark Boyle and Slick Leonard will provide the 1080i quality visuals with their radio call.

The Pacers enter a dangerous stretch of games as they continue to incorporate new faces into the lineup. Tonight's game against the Bobcats is the first of three games in four days for the Pacers. All three games are potential wins with Toronto and the L.A. Clippers closing out the trifecta. Obviously, all three can just as easily become losses without solid play from the blue and gold.

The combination of injured players returning (Murphy, Foster tonight, Dunleavy on Wednesday) to play with new faces (Dahntay, Earl, Hansbrough, Solo) on the roster means there will likely be several playing rotations that have never played together in an NBA game. Plus, they haven't even practiced much if any together as a unit. So the risk of slop is there at a time when the Pacers need to cash in some wins to keep a positive start of the season from turning sour.

Sorry to dwell on the negative amidst all of the good injury news, but I've seen this movie before and these weathering these situations are critical for the Pacers to find the success they are striving for this season. On a positive note, Tyler Hansbrough should receive a positive reaction when he makes his pro debut back in North Carolina.

For a Charlotte perspective, check out Rufus On Fire.

Leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments. I have a 2nd grade game at the same time but so I'll be catching up later, so keep me posted on how things are going.