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Game Thread #7: Houston Rockets at Indiana Pacers

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November 12, 2010 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Ishmael Smith PG Darren Collison
Kevin Martin SG Mike Dunleavy
Shane Battier SF Danny Granger
Luis Scola PF Josh McRoberts
Brad Miller C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers catch a win-starved Houston Rockets limping into Conseco Fieldhouse without their starting point guard (Aaron Brooks) or center (Yao Ming).

The intrigue in this game is in seeing which Pacers' team shows up to play tonight. Tuesday's version that nuked the Nuggets may be a little too much to ask for, but something resembling that team should be expected. Certainly, taking a giant step backwards with a Philly-esque outing tonight would maximize frustrations.

While the Rockets are short-handed, Kevin Martin, Shane Battier and Luis Scola will force the Pacers' starters to play well. The Pacers bench has been a problem early in the season and they'll have to contend with local legend, Courtney Lee along with Kyle Lowry, Chuck Hayes and Chase Budinger, a group that can cause some problems if allowed to get running. The Pacers' bench should be up to the task with their improved play of late along with the return of Brandon Rush.

I don't expect Jim O'Brien to change his starting lineup, but starting Brandon Rush on Kevin Martin would be a better defensive matchup for the Pacers than Mike Dunleavy.

Here's the Pacers.com preview.

For a Houston perspective, check out The Dream Shake.

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