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Game Thread #59: Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks

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24-34 23-32
February 23, 2009 - 7:30PM EST
Madison Square Garden
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
T.J. Ford PG Chris Duhon
Jarrett Jack SG Wlison Chandler
Marquis Daniels SF Al Harrington
Troy Murphy PF David Lee
Roy Hibbert C Jared Jeffries

Three game winning streaks are foreign to this Indiana Pacers team, so I think it's safe to say they're due for a let down playing in New York against a Knicks team coming off a loss at Toronto on Sunday afternon.

This will be the third meeting between the teams with the road team winning both of the first two games. The first game at Madison Square Garden was memorable for the game-winner Jarret Jack splashed when the Pacers were desperate for a win.

The Pacers won their last two games using a great effort from several players to take care of business at both ends of the floor. After yesterday's win, the Pacers moved to 5-1 without Danny Granger and 4-1 without both Granger and Mike Dunleavy. Jim O'Brien pointed to Marquis Daniels providing more consistent defense than Granger. Loved reading that for no other reason than I'm sure it will grab Danny's attention. The defense also benefitted on Sunday from the return of Jeff Foster.

Any amount of defense will be welcomed against the Knicks with their preference to push the pace above all else. The Pacers have naturally slowed down a bit without Granger and Dunleavy since they don't have comparable perimeter shooters to fire away in their absence.

Here are the Pacers.com Matchups.

For a New York perspective, check out Posting and Toasting and Knickerblogger.

Gameday Reading

  • Bruno's Inside the Game LIVE final and Postgame Report. Bruno sums up the last few weeks (well, ok, the whole season) perfectly in his final comment.
    And so the Pacers take a two-game winning streak into New York Monday. Just like you figured they would. Right?
  • Mike Wells reports on the Pacers winning by simply out-scrapping the Bulls all day.
  • As Mike points out in his Pacers Insider post, no one wants to talk about the playoffs (I know, I certainly don't), yet the team remains in the mix. Also, JOB tried to explain why Stephen Graham is buried and while he didn't say it, obviously the last few games Stevie did play in didn't help his cause.
  • K.C. Johnson reports on the Bulls falling flat against the Pacers. Also, one has to wonder why Derrick Rose was riding the pine in crunch time.
  • Blog A Bull wishes the Bulls made one more move before the NBA trade deadline.
  • Mike's Pacers Notebook tells us Mike Dunleavy is seeking more medical opinions on his knee while Troy Murphy continues to churn out double-doubles.

Leave your thoughts and observations in the comments.