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Game Thread: Indiana Pacers Vs. New Jersey Nets

3-1 1-3
January 2, 2012 - 7:30PM EST
Prudential Center
Radio: WIBC 93.1FM TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Darren Collison PG Deron Williams
Paul George SG Sundiata Gaines
Danny Granger SF Damion James
David West PF Kris Humphries
Roy Hibbert C Mehmet Okur

The Indiana Pacers take on the New Jersey Nets in Newark on Monday night with no valid excuses for poor play. The Pacers had the day off on Sunday after losing in Detroit the night before, while the Nets were in Cleveland on Sunday crashing and burning in the second half and eventually losing to the Cavaliers.

After opening the season with a win over Washington, New Jersey enters tonight's game on a three-game losing streak. Center Brook Lopez has been out with a broken foot leaving newly acquired Mehmet Okur to adjust on the fly in the middle for the Nets.

The Pacers need to utilize their advantage in the front court since the absence of Lopez makes the Nets smaller up front. Of course, the Pacers have been burnt in the past by Okur's long distance shooting while he was with Utah, so checking the big fella behind the arc will also be key.

The other trouble spot for the Pacers is keeping tabs on point guard Deron Williams who will try to use his physical size advantage on Darren Collison. Williams leads the Nets in scoring but has struggled running the offense which showed up last night in Cleveland when he turned the ball over six times.

Here is the preview. For a New Jersey perspective, check out Nets Daily.

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