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Game Thread #40: New Orleans Hornets at Indiana Pacers

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Indiana Pacers
20-18 14-25
January 16, 2010 - 6:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Chris Paul PG Earl Watson
Devin Brown SG Brandon Rush
Peja Stojakovic SF Danny Granger
David West PF Troy Murphy
Emeka Okafor C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers should be excited to return to the court tonight after a solid 48 minutes last night in their win over New Jersey. No valid complaints of fatigue against the Hornets either since they also played last night and had to go into overtime before losing to the Detroit Pistons.

Despite the loss last night, the Hornets are 7-3 in their last 10 games continuing to up their level of play after a slow start to the season. At 20-18, the Hornets are still a game out of the playoffs in the West.

Aside from that Chris Paul guy, the Hornets lineup offers Jim O'Brien plenty of options to go small but still include Roy Hibbert in the middle. Brandon Rush is expected to return to the starting lineup since Luther Head tweaked his ankle last night and Rush had one of his better games of the year. Personally, I love having Mike Dunleavy coming off the bench and then finishing games. That's been my hope for a couple of years and the team is finally healthy enough to give it a whirl.

Cornrows, Jr. is a huge Chris Paul fan so I will be watching the game with him in the stands at the Fieldhouse tonight. With the early start thanks to the Colts game, I just hope there are a few other folks there with us.

For a New Orleans perspective, check out At The Hive, Hornets 247 and Hornets Hype.

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