Of course, the main event from a media perspective is the return of Paul George for his only visit to BLF this season. PG and the Thunder are struggling to find their stride with a 12-14 record, but there is no panic about missing the playoffs assuming they will find some level of consistent play and get going soon. The Thunder certainly had it together at the start of the season when they rolled past the Pacers, 114-96 in OKC.
Considering their last meeting, the Pacers have to focus on the actual main event at the Fieldhouse which is the game against the Thunder, not just against Paul George. Russell Westbrook requires more attention from the blue and gold which may be more difficult with the injury status of both Darren Collison (sore knee) and Cory Joseph (shoulder) up in the air. Both are listed as questionable but even if they give it a go, there is no guarantee they will be able to finish. Lance Stephenson closed up shop quite nicely on Sunday, playing down the stretch and in OT to help the Pacers beat the Nuggets.
For maximum entertainment, I'm hoping Lance spends some time guarding PG and working his not so subtle needling magic on his former teammate. With ESPN televising the game nationally, the Fieldhouse should be electric at tip time, so it will be up to the Pacers to keep the joint hyper-juiced throughout the game.
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Thunder (12-14) at Pacers (16-11) - 7:00 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Cory Joseph (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner(C)
Thunder: Russell Westbrook (PG), Alex Abrines (SG), Paul George (SF), Carmelo Anthony (PF), Steven Adams (C)