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Game Thread #49: Minnesota Timberwolves at Indiana Pacers

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Indiana Pacers
16-30 19-29
February 3, 2009 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Sebastian Telfair PG T.J. Ford
Randy Foye SG Mike Dunleavy
Ryan Gomes SF Danny Granger
Craig Smith PF Troy Murphy
Al Jefferson C Jeff Foster

Every game the Pacers play these days is a must win, so the fact that the play the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight changes nothing. In fact, you'd best beware these T'wolves because they've been playing some real solid ball since Kevin McHale moved to the sidelines to try to clean up the mess he made.

Yes, Minnesota comes into the Fieldhouse on a three-game losing streak. But those three losses were to Detroit, L.A. Lakers and Boston. Prior to those losses Minny was 10-3 in January. With Al Jefferson providing a strong inside presence and Randy Foye raising his game in 2009, the Pacers will have their hands full trying to stop the T'Wolves.

Here are the Pacers.com Matchups and Video Preview. Danny Granger appears ready to go despite his struggles to play against the Knicks. A couple of days of rest should help.

For the Minnesota perspective, check out Canis Hoopus and TWolves Blog.

Gameday Reading

  • Troy Murphy joins the Blog Squad at Pacers.com and knocks it out of the park, complete with backstory, execution and nicknames from the team's mustache growing contest. Hopeully, Murph will find time to write regularly.
  • Mike Wells reports on Danny Granger doing his best to play through his knee pain in order to help the team in any way he can.
  • Mike Wells raises the question about the severity of Granger's knee injury and whether or not Granger should play in the All-Star Game. Jim O'Brien seemed to take exception to the thought of Danny not playing in the ASG, but to me it seems crazy to have him play unless he's 100%. I'd rather he playing games for the Pacers before playing for the Eastern Conference.
  • Kevin Lee updates us from Monday's practice. Granger and Quisy didn't play but both expect to be available tonight.
  • Jerry Zgoda reports on Larry Bird and Kevin McHale meeting up tonight while dealing with struggling teams.
  • Mark Boyle chats up Al Harrington for his latest podcast.
  • Anthony Schoettle's blog has a few items on the Pacers and the issues facing the team concerning the Fieldhouse and the Capital Improvement Board. This is a great place to stay informed on the complicated matters of leases, renegotiations and public-private partnerships. Personally, it makes my head hurt but it's becoming apparent that I'll need to brush up on my legalese and keep up with this story.

Leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments.