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Game Thread #48: Indiana Pacers at New Jersey Nets

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20-27 15-36
February 6, 2011 - 12:00PM EST
Prudential Center
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: No local TV
Probable starters:
Darren Collison PG Devin Harris
Mike Dunleavy SG Anthony Morrow
Danny Granger SF Travis Outlaw
Josh McRoberts PF Derrick Favors
Roy Hibbert C Brook Lopez

Kickoff your Super Bowl Sunday with a little hoops at Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets tip off their game at noon.

This sets up as a nasty game on the schedule for the Pacers. Frank Vogel's approach to have his team aggressive, hard-nosed, high-energy basketball doesn't make for a good fit with a tip at lunch time on a Sunday. Plus, the Pacers roll into Jersey feeling pretty good about themselves, so working up an edge to deliver a relentless effort will be a challenge.

The Pacers pounded the Nets 10 days ago and since then the Nets have gone 1-3, so they too should be desperate to find a way to win before enjoying the big football game later in the evening. Speaking of which, that presents another challenge for the Pacers. Along with working themselves into a lather at noon on a Sunday, they have to remain focused on what their doing in Newark and not looking too forward to being in South Beach by the time the Super Bowl kicks off, since the team plans to fly down to Miami after finishing their business against the Nets.

The vibe feels all negative to me, but I'm conditioned to expect these types of clunkers after watching this team serve up the mediocre efforts over the past few years. We'll see if the Vogel positive mind set can overcome the natural body clocks of his NBA roster.

Here is the Pacers.com preview. There's no local television for the game today, but Mark Boyle and Slick Leonard always offer the HD quality visuals on WIBC 93.1FM and NBA.com.

For a New Jersey perspective, check out Nets Daily.

Leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments. After the jump, a few links on interest.