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Game Thread #4: Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks

Indiana Pacers
0-3 1-3
November 4, 2009 - 7:30PM EST
Madison Square Garden
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
T.J. Ford PG Chris Duhon
Brandon Rush SG Larry Hughes
Dahntay Jones SF Wison Chandler
Danny Granger PF Danillo Galinari
Roy Hibbert C David Lee

The Indiana Pacers will try to avoid starting the season 0-4 for the first time in 21 years when they hit the road to take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden tonight. Prior to playing the Miami Heat, Heat broadcaster Jason Jackson opined that the Knicks were the worst team he had seen in a long time. But in their last game, the Knicks came together and ran past Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets.

Forget the Knicks, though the question for tonight: will the Pacers be able to come together and play well?

Winning would be nice, but playing well would be a start. Of course, if the Pacers play well against the Knicks that should result in a W. First, though, the Pacers have to overcome some early season adversity and another injury (Troy Murphy's back) to rise up and show some ball playin' guts.The Knicks employed a small lineup to beat the Hornets with David Lee at center and old friend, Al Harrington providing production off the bench. With Murphy doubtful, the Pacers can slide Dahntay Jones into the lineup and continue to match up just fine with the Knicks. The Pacers should also be able to establish Roy Hibbert in the post on offense.

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