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Game Thread #47: Portland Trail Blazers at Indiana Pacers

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February 4, 2011 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Andre Miller PG Darren Collison
Wesley Matthews SG Mike Dunleavy
Nicolas Batum SF Danny Granger
LaMarcus Aldridge PF Josh McRoberts
Joel Przybilla C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers host the Portland Trail Blazerstonight at Conseco Fieldhouse, as the Blue and Gold look to move to 3-0 under interim coach Frank Vogel.

The Blazers beat the Pacers a couple of weeks ago in Portland after the Pacers squandered some solid early play and a nice first-half lead. That collapse was among the key reasons the front office decided to make a coaching change.

LaMarcus Aldridge was a key reason the Blazers hung tough and went on to collect the W. The Portland forward playd 46 minutes and held things down around the bucket while Nicolas Batum nuke the Pacers from behind the arc. Needless to say, keeping tabs on those two will be chief among the Pacers' defensive keys tonight.

Wesley Matthews played well in that game as well, stepping up when Andre Miller was unable to play. Matthews tweaked an ankle in the Portland's last game so he will be a game-time decision tonight. Danny Granger will also be a game-time decision as he apparently is taking his turn with a sinus infection, according to the preview. Needless to say, the Pacers will need DG to get it done tonight.

Here is the preview.

For a Portland perspective, check out Blazers Edge.

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