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Game Thread #50: Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers

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February 5, 2010 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Rodney Stuckey PG A.J. Price
Richard Hamilton SG Brandon Rush
Tayshaun Prince SF Danny Granger
Jonas Jerebko PF Troy Murphy
Ben Wallace C Roy Hibbert

After a couple of full days off at home, the Indiana Pacers face the Detroit Pistons tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers will be without Earl Watson tonight, but after having some practice time this week it sets up well for A.J. Price to make his first career start.

Jim O'Brien returns to the sideline for the Pacers and thus deteriming the starting lineup is pure speculation. Roy Hibbert creates a nice mismatch in the post against the Pistons so I'm assuming the home team starts with their more traditional lineup which fared well against Toronto on Tuesday.

The Pistons arrive in pretty good shape, trying to get past a strange recent stretch where they opened a series of six-straight home games by beating the Boston Celtics and then went on to lose the remaining five home dates before winning their last game on the road at New Jersey. The home losing streak started two weeks ago when the Pacers put together one of their better outings of the year, especially on the road. But with the way both teams have played this year, two weeks ago is ancient history. The level of play for both remains a day-to-day.

Speaking of day-to-day, here is a quick update on Tyler Hansbrough with comments from the rookie on his frustrating inner ear situation. Doesn't sound like he'll be ready to play real soon but he did say, "I feel like I am making some progress, so now we'll just wait and see."

For a Detroit perspective, check out Detroit Bad Boys, Need4Sheed and Piston Powered.

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