The Pacers and Pistons begin a home-and-home series on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with both teams still battling for playoff position in the East.
While the games are key to the final playoff spot for both teams, health heading into the playoffs is more important and both teams will be short-handed in Indy. Blake Griffin is out with right knee soreness, which takes away one of the villains for the Pistons. In their last meeting, Griffin and his annoying act teamed up with Andre Drummond to not only annoy but out-physical the Pacers en route to a Pistons’ win. Sans Griffin, the Detroit dynamic is much different.
As for the Pacers, their starting backcourt...well, starting backcourt v2.0 will be missing with Darren Collison and Wesley Matthews both ruled out. Easy enough to slide Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans into the open starting slots, but that leaves the reserve rotation with a hole or two to fill. Aaron Holiday will be ready to go behind CoJo but will Edmond Sumner get a little run? Nate McMillan would not divulge other than to say Holiday was next man up, and there was a chance Sumner could be tapped. If not Sumner, Doug McDermott will expand his minutes.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Corey Joseph, Tyreke Evans, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Pistons: Reggie Jackson, Wayne Ellington, Bruce Brown Jr., Thon Maker, Andre Drummond
IND: Victor Oladipo (right knee) - out, Wesley Matthews (right hamstring) - out, Darren Collison (groin) - out
DET: Blake Griffin (right knee soreness) - out
Enemy view: Detroit Bad Boys
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