The Pacers begin a dicey three-game road trip against Western Conference teams in Phoenix on Tuesday night. It is the first of three games in four days that includes a back-to-back in Portland on Thursday and Sacramento on Friday.
All three of these games present a tough matchup for the Pacers, as Phoenix has already proven by running past the Pacers in the Fieldhouse 10 days ago, 106-83. Sure the Pacers were still short-handed and dealt a further blow by losing Roy Hibbert early in that loss, but the Suns are now riding a three-game winning streak over the Pacers in which they've made scoring look easy against one of the better defenses in the league. Can the Pacers figure out a way to slow dow nthe Suns?
Hibbert expect to play which should help immensely as will the addition of David West and C.J. Watson since last playing the Suns. Regardless, it is a tough start on the road, but Frank Vogel doesn't care what the circumstances are or how well his squad is playing.
"We've got to find a way to get some wins," Vogel said before the team left Indy on Monday. "We've got a tough stretch of the schedule coming up that we're in the midst of, going out West right now and then some tough ones when we come back home. So we can't be pleased with our effort. We've got to get wins."
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