|January 8, 2010 - 8:00PM EST|
|Radio: 1070 The Fan TV: None|
|Earl Watson||PG||Jonny Flynn|
|Mike Dunleavy||SG||Corey Brewer|
|Danny Granger||SF||Damien Wilkins|
|Troy Murphy||PF||Kevin Love|
|Roy Hibbert||C||Al Jefferson|
The Indiana Pacers hit the road for back-to-back games this weekend beginning tonight when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. There's already big news from this game since we learned earlier today that both Danny Granger and Troy Murphy will return to the lineup for the Pacers.
That creates yet another opportunity for a different starting lineup which I can only guess at right now, but I'm assuming Mike Dunleavy remains which suddenly makes for a nice offensive unit, but also a rather slow group once they move to the other end. Dunleavy and Granger have not started a game together this year and have only played in the same game five times.
On his radio show last night, JOB mentioned that Murph might be back along with Jeff Foster although he thought Foster's minutes would be minimal. He also mentioned that Tyler Hansbrough was day-to-day and wasn't ruled out, so there could be a big ol' renuion at the Target Center tonight with everyone available for at least a little action.
I just hope A.J. Price continues to get his run off the bench and would expect Luther Head to continue getting minutes with the second unit.
Unfortunately tonight's game isn't being televised by either team so the game won't even be on NBA League Pass. At least Pacer fans can rely on the 1080p HD visuals from the radio call by Mark Boyle and Slick Leonard. The Timberwolves will be dangerous since they're desperate to end a five game losing streak and with Al Jefferson in the middle, have the young talent to give the Pacers problems if the defense is off point.
For a Minnesota perspective, check out Canis Hoopus.
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