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Game Thread #16: Indiana Pacers at Sacramento Kings

8-7 4-11
November 30, 2010 - 10:00PM EST
ARCO Arena
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: NBA League Pass (No local)
Probable starters:
Darren Collison PG Tyreke Evans
Brandon Rush SG Luther Head
Danny Granger SF Donte Greene
Josh McRoberts PF Jason Thompson
Roy Hibbert C Samuel Dalembert

The Indiana Pacers try to keep the good times rollin' on their West Coast road trip tonight when they face the Sacramento Kings.

This game is frightening for the Pacers just because there are so many positive indicators pointing to a win that it simply can't be that easy. First, you have the Pacers playing top notch defense and coming off a great win on Sunday night against the Lakers.

The young Kings on the other hand are dealing with various issues on and off the court as wins have been hard to come by this season. In their 15 games they've tried six different starting lineups. For some reason, Jason Thompson didn't play much until their last game when he logged 30-plus minutes after taking over for former Purdue star, Carl Landry. Meanwhile, rookie DeMarcus Cousins is a load but also a headache for coach Paul Westphal who reportedly tossed Cousins from practice yesterday. This the same practice that monster guard, Tyreke Evans missed due to illness. Evans should run tonight, but you get the point -- the Kings are dealing with some junk.

It will be interesting to see if Jim O'Brien returns to his regular starting lineup with Mike Dunleavyinstead of Brandon Rush. One cool thing about the Kings is that former Pacer, Luther Head, who was an absolute pro last year dealing with an unsettled role as a utility guard on the roster, has started the past few games for the Kings. If the Kings stick with that backcourt, it makes sense to start Rush because he can then matchup with the bigger Evans while Darren Collison can check Luther.

No local TV in Indy tonight but Mark Boyle and Slick Leonard always provide the HD visuals with their radio call, so stay up with me and enjoy the action.

For a Sacramento perspective, check out Sactown Royalty.

Leave your thoughts and observations in the comments.