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Game Thread #18: Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Clippers

Indiana Pacers
6-11 8-11
December 5, 2009 - 10:30PM EST
Staples Center
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
T.J. Ford PG Baron Davis
Dahntay Jones SG Rasual Butler
Danny Granger SF Al Thornton
Troy Murphy PF Marcus Camby
Roy Hibbert C Chris Kaman

No rest for the road weary tonight, as the Indiana Pacers wrap up what has been a miserable four-game road trip against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. The Pacers have lost all three of their games on the current road trip and four in a row since beating the Clippers ten days ago in Indianapolis.

If you recall, the Pacers found their defensive edge in the second half of that game to come from behind for the win. Dahntay Jones and T.J. Ford came up huge down the stretch as the Pacers were without Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy. Everyone is available tonight, assuming all the nagging injuries of a few players like Granger and Jeff Foster are up for the back-to-back games.

Regardless of who is available, the Pacers theme of the night has to be 48 minutes. Playing well for stretches of a game hasn't led to wins lately and the Pacers certainly can't count on the Clippers going cold like they did in the last game. Local legend, Eric Gordon was day-to-day when they played in Indy but was able to play quite a bit off the bench. Unfortunately, he is day-to-day again with a hammy that forced him to miss the Clips' last game against Houston this past Wednesday.

Oh, yeah, that's another issue. The Pacers are playing their fourth game this week and second of a back-to-back while the Clips have been resting at home for a few days. All ten players in the rotation will have to do their part to bring some energy to the floor, so we're not talking about the Pacers running out of gas tomorrow. Hopefully this will be the game when the blue and gold shooters make some shots.

For a Clippers' perspective, check out Clips Nation and ClipperBlog. Also, Bruno's Scouting Report offers up some interesting numbers.

It's Saturday night. Grab you favorite beverage and stay up late with the Pacers. As always, leave your thoughts and observations in the comments. Also, pop open an extra browser to keep up with Bruno's Live Blog.