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Game Thread # 21: Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards

Indiana Pacers
7-13 7-13
December 12, 2009 - 7:00PM EST
Verizon Center
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
T.J. Ford PG Gilbert Arenas
Brandon Rush SG Nick Young
Dahntay Jones SF Caron Butler
Troy Murphy PF Antawn Jamison
Roy Hibbert C Brendan Haywood

The Indiana Pacers try to build on their win last night with a good performance on the road tonight against the Washington Wizards. Both teams share a disappointing 7-13 record, although in the Eastern Conference that puts them in the mix for a playoff spot. Just doesn't feel like it.

The playoffs should be the last thing on the Pacers mind tonight, though. Instead they should focus on this 48 minutes as another opportunity to come together and continue growing as a team. A concerted effort to keep the ball moving on offense and communicate and work on defense from start to finish is the only way the Pacers can win these days.

Coming off a big night, Roy Hibbert should be plenty jacked to play in his hometown. Hopefully he doesn't come out too jacked up before the game and end up playing flat. Always a concern for the big fella. Hibbert has been a big part of all of the Pacers' wins but one this year, so staying out of foul trouble on defense while being aggressive on offense will be key for Hibbert and the Pacers.

For a Washington perspective, check out Bullets Forever.

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