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IC Cold Links: Pacers Host Rockets Tonight, Yao Ming Expected To Miss Game

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The Indiana Pacers are back in action tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse when they welcome the Houston Rockets.

Once again the Pacers face an opponent coming off a disappointing loss, desperate for a win. The Rockets lost their last game to the Washington Wizards and also lost their imposing center, Yao Ming to an ankle sprain.

Former Pacer and Purdue big man, Brad Miller is expected to fill the void in Yao's absence. Miller wasn't healthy in the pre-season and has been working himself into playing shape, so this will speed up that process. More importantly, the Rockets have been without speedy point guard, Aaron who is also sidelined with a sprained ankle.

All of this adds up to a disappointing 1-6 start for the Rockets, a team that began the season expecting to make some noise in the playoffs. Even if Brooks can't go tonight, the Rockets still present plenty of problems with Luis Scola and Kevin Martin capable of going off at any time. We've seen Martin turn the Fieldhouse into his own personal playground in the past, so the Pacers will have to be sharp once again to take advantage of the short-handed Rockets.

After the jump, a few links of interest including stories on the Pacers focusing on defense and Paul George moving down the playing rotation.