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Game Thread #17: Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz

Indiana Pacers
6-10 10-7
December 4, 2009 - 9:00PM EST
Energy Solutions Arena
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
T.J. Ford PG Deron Williams
Dahntay Jones SG Wesley Matthews
Danny Granger SF Ronnie Brewer
Troy Murphy PF Carlos Boozer
Roy Hibbert C Mehmet Okur

The Indiana Pacers find themselves trying to salvage some success on their four-game roadie beginning tonight against the Utah Jazz. As usual, the Jazz present plenty of problems, whether it is Deron Williams providing matchup problems at point guard or Mehmet Okur stepping out and stepping up his long distance shooting (who can forget the 43 he dropped on the Pacers last year). The Jazz started the season 1-3 raising initial concerns around Salt Lake City. But as usual, Jerry Sloan has his guys playing well again and the Jazz have won six of their last seven games.

The Pacers should come out hungry and ready to play tonight since they are desperate for a win. The key is sustaining that sense of urgency for 48 minutes even if they fall behind. Also, at some point the Pacers have to start making some shots, don't they? The team's shooting percentages are down across the board for FGs, FTs and 3PTs compared to last year. Maybe tonight Granger and Murphy will find the stroke that led the offense last year and help jump start the offense. Sometimes the cure for what ails you is pretty simple. Make more shots.

For a Utah perspective, check out SLC Dunk.

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