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Pacers shift attention to Grizzlies

With a season opening win against the Philadelphia 76ers in the rear-view mirror, the Indiana Pacers will now turn their attention to the Memphis Grizzlies.

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With a season opening win against the Philadelphia 76ers in the rear-view mirror, the Indiana Pacers will now turn their attention to the Memphis Grizzlies. Indiana will host Memphis for a Halloween showdown at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night. Grit and Grind started their season with a with a tightly contested 105-101 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

C.J. Miles spoke with the media after practice today about facing the Grizzlies. "They're a tough team, a playoff team." Miles said. "They're big inside, they've got two great bigs with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph."

Miles is not wrong. Gasol and Randolph are one of the better big man pairings in the league. Last night Gasol led Memphis with 32 points and 9 rebounds, while Z-Bo added 25 points and 13 boards. Roy cannot stop them by himself, Luis Scola or Lavoy Allen will have to step up defensively if the Pacers have any chance of stopping the two-headed monster in the paint.

Rodney Stuckey kept last night's win in perspective, even if it was cliche, saying "One game down. 81 to go. I'm just taking it one day at a time." Stuckey was fantastic in the opener, scoring 16 points in 16 minutes while dishing out 5 assists. It will be interesting to see if he will still play limited minutes given how much his presence positively impacted the team on Wednesday.

The contest against Memphis is the first of  back to back games, the Pacers travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks on Saturday night. Frank Vogel knows the road ahead is difficult, and that the team has it's work cut out for them.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>After today&#39;s practice, Vogel said the back-to-back games ahead are &quot;big challenges, and we&#39;ve got to step up.&quot;</p>&mdash; Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pacers/status/527887577131393024">October 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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I would not count on the big three of Rodney Stuckey, Donald Sloan, and Roy Hibbert replicating their spectacular opening night performances, but crazier things have happened. This game will be a good test of how far Indiana can go with this injury riddled roster. It will be Halloween in Indianapolis, hopefully the Pacers will dress up as a team about to win their second game of season.