|March 2, 2011 - 8:00PM EST|
|Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana|
|Darren Collison||PG||Russell Westbrook|
|Brandon Rush||SG||Thabo Sefolosha|
|Danny Granger||SF||Kevin Durant|
|Josh McRoberts||PF||Nick Collison|
|Roy Hibbert||C||Serge Ibaka|
With three challenging road games to close out the week, the Pacers have to stay on the grind and embody all of the tough, smash mouth, blood and guts talk from Frank Vogel to put themselves in position to win these tough games. No easy task tonight against a Thunder team led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Back in November in Indy, the Pacers let a win slip away in overtime thanks to a season-high 43 points by Westbrook and Durant simply closing the deal in OT. The Thunder will be without newly acquired Kendrick Perkins due to a sprained left knee. The Goon Squad will have to come up big off the bench to make sure OKC has to play all 48 minutes. With the way Vogel has been using his depth, including last night, fatigue from travel and playing time shouldn't be a problem.
Durant and Westbrook? They're a problem. Always a pleasure to watch, so this should be a fun one if the Pacers show up ready to go. No doubt the Thunder will be ready to go after losing their last three games to the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs.
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