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Game Thread #9: Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers

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November 16, 2010 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby PG T.J. Ford
Joe Johnson SG Mike Dunleavy
Marvin Williams SF Danny Granger
Josh Smith PF Josh McRoberts
Al Horford C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers will be forced to alter their starting lineup for the first time this season when they play the Atlanta Hawks tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse.

After going through 25 different starting lineups last season due to a combination of varied player production and availability due to injury, it has been nice to see a consistent lineup available to start the season. But that changes tonight. Darren Collison has been ruled out due to an ankle sprain sustained in practice yesterday. T.J. Ford will start in DC's place which will also open up a spot on the active roster for A.J. Price. Tyler Hansbrough has also been ruled out for the game tonight due to his own sprained ankle.

The Hansbrough injury may be more problematic since the Pacers could use the front-court depth against the Hawks active bigs tonight. Although, Jeff Foster may be able to pitch in a few minutes after returning to practice this week.

Here's the Pacers.com preview.

For an Atlanta perspective, check out Peachtree Hoops.

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