The Pacers remain on a bumpy road trip with a touch matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
The Blazers 9-1 in their last ten games which has them at 14-4 on the season and in the mix near the top of the ultra-competitive Western Conference where 13-5 is only good for seventh place. It is easy to see why the Blazers are faring so well, currently ranked among the top six teams in both offensive and defensive efficiency.
Solid backcourt play led by point guard Damian Lillard and even more solid play up front anchored by power forward LaMarcus Aldridge with ample support from centers Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman. Roy Hibbert and David West will have their hands full trying to neutralize their Portland matchups but that is a must for the Pacers if they hope to succeed in the Rose City. Then they can worry about dealing with Lillard and friends.
The Pacers also have to focus on their own game better. The starters looked lost in Phoenix quite a bit and I think it goes beyond just trying to sync up with players coming off injuries. Donald Sloan really struggled and it is up to him, at least for now, to lead whatever combination of players is on the floor. If things aren't going well, someone has to take control, direct players to the right spots and at least try to get the ball and player movement in working order. One-on-one play is not taking control, that is simply playing into the hands of the defense.
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|2014-15 NBA Regular Season|
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|December 4, 2014 - 10:00 p.m. ET|
|Moda Center - Portland, OR|
|TV: Fox Sports Indiana ---- Radio: AM 1070/107.5 FM The Fan|
|Donald Sloan||PG||Damian Lillard|
|Rodney Stuckey||SG||Wesley Matthews|
|Solomon Hill||SF||Nicolas Batum|
|David West||PF||LaMarcus Aldridge|
|Roy Hibbert||C||Robin Lopez|