The Indiana Pacers face an interesting challenge when they host the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night. The Hornets have been a team in transition following the Chris Paul trade but recently have gained some traction when head coach Monty Williams altered his starting lineup at the start of February.
With 6'6" point guard Greivis Vasquez and 6'10" power forward Gustavo Ayon in the lineup the Hornets won three games in a row before losing last night in Oklahoma City. The change in starters gives New Orleans one of the few teams in the league that can match the Pacers length and in fact surpass it with the big point guard.
The Pacers don't necessarily rely on their length advantage to play difference-making defense, although Paul George does at times when he zeroes in on a smaller guard. But getting up under the opponents chin and making them uncomfortable is more a matter of will than size and something the Pacers need to continue to display in order to add another W over the Hornets.
Here is the Pacers.com preview. For a New Orleans perspective, check out At The Hive. Also, after the game check out Pacers Overtime on WIBC 93.1FM with Eddie White. Need to have an Indy Cornrows mention on the show!
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