The Pacers' hot November turned tepid in December starting with the last game against the Blazers in Portland on Dec. 3. The Pacers were run out of the Moda Center with a 123-111 loss to snap a six-game winning streak.
Much like Charlotte, the Blazers are a challenging matchup even if it may not appear so on paper. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined to drop 47 points on the Pacers in their last meeting, but since the All-Star break Portland's backcourt duo has been as good as any in the NBA.
Not exactly good news after what we saw Kemba Walker do in the FIeldhouse on Friday.
The Pacers will have to take care of the young but active front court of Noah Vonleh and Mason Plumlee, both with Indiana ties. Plumlee, of course, is one of the brothers Plumlee from Warsaw while Vonleh was Thomas Bryant before Thomas Bryant was Thomas Bryant for IU as a freshman.
C.J. Miles remains out for the Pacers but Rodney Stuckey had no issues after his return and remains an option for about 15 minutes off the bench. In the first meeting, the Pacers wasted a 27-point night from Miles which included eight three-pointers.
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|2015-16 NBA Regular Season|
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|February 28, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. ET|
|Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN|
|TV: FOX Sports Indiana ---- Radio: AM 1070/93.5 FM The Fan|
|Damian Lillard||PG||George Hill|
|C.J. McCollum||SG||Monta Ellis|
|Al-Farouq Aminu||SF||Paul George|
|Noah Vonleh||PF||Myles Turner|
|Mason Plumlee||C||Ian Mahinmi|