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Game Thread #18: Indiana Pacers at Phoenix Suns

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December 3, 2010 - 9:00PM EST
US Airways Center
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Darren Collison PG Steve Nash
Brandon Rush SG Jason Richardson
Danny Granger SF Grant Hill
Josh McRoberts PF Earl Barron
Roy Hibbert C Channing Frye

The Indiana Pacers complete their four-game road trip tonight when they take on the Phoenix Suns. Last night I fell asleep watching the Suns play Golden State and before nodding off for good, I tweeted that it was nice to see the Suns playing up in Oakland while the Pacers were resting in Phoenix waiting to play them tonight.

Unfortunately, I woke up this morning to find a response from Mike Wells reminding me that the Sixers had the same situation before the Pacers played their worst game of the year in Philly, getting embarrassed by the Sixers. Reporters and their facts can be annoying some times.

There are a couple of differences, though, which I'll happily glom onto. The Sixers had a heart-breaking loss the night before in Washington before playing the Pacers. They literally gave away their first win of the season, so they were beyond desperate to win when they showed up in front of the home fans. Also, I'd like the think the Pacers are a different team than the one that showed up in Philly that night. I guess we'll find out tonight.

A 3-1 roadie would be absolutely spectacular and it's well within reach for the Pacers tonight. Unlike the previous two games, they'll need to play 48 minutes of defense since the Suns are loaded with perimter offensive threats with Steve Nash, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu.

The Pacers should have a distinct advantage in the front-court as the Suns have struggled with defense and rebounding in large part due to their thin front-court rotation. Slowing down and running things through Roy Hibbert should help the Pacers control the action.

Speaking of Wells, he informs us that A.J. Price will be active for this game with Jeff Foster joining the rooks in suits. Also, Brandon Rush will continue to start which makes sense considering athletic shooting guard, Jason Richardson leads the Suns in scoring.

For a Phoenix perspective, check out Bright Side Of The Sun.

Leave your thoughts and observations in the comments.