Jackson has added his imprint to an entertaining offensive roster that has the Warriors competing in the West by adding the edge of a defensive mindset to the mix. In fact, the Warriors currently rank third in defensive efficiencybehind the Pacers and Bulls.
The Warriors have been up and down this year while dealing with some early injuries and inconsistent play of late. But with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson always locked, loaded and ready to fire, the Warriors will demand a high-level defensive effort from the Pacers.
The Pacers waylaid the Warriors in the first quarter and then hung on to earn a win when the two teams met earlier in the year in the Bay Area. These teams just seem to enjoy going at each other. The games are always chippy (David West and David Lee just don't get along) and with the talent on the floor, hard to turn away from.
The Pacers hope to get a boost with the return of George Hill who remains a game-time decision, but according to Scott Agness, Hill, Paul George and Ian Mahinmi are all ready to go. PG and Ian were dinged up after each hit the floor hard on separate plays against the Jazz.
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