While the Pacers’ play will answer any rest vs. rust questions about the team’s layoff, the matchup with the Warriors will be a test of rest vs. reps. The Warriors will be playing for the second consecutive night after beating the Knicks, 114-106 at MSG on Tuesday night while also wrapping up a four-game road trip.
The Warriors know all about injury issues, playing this season without Pacers killer, Klay Thompson. They have also cycled through some injury stints, including losing rookie James Wiseman to a wrist injury for 11 games. Wiseman returned to action against the Knicks, playing off the bench, so the Dubs are about as healthy as they have been in awhile.
The Pacers won the first matchup in San Francisco earlier in the season, 104-95. Victor Oladipo did not play in that game and Edmond Sumner started which may indicate some PT for Sumner this time around in an effort to matchup with the Dubs’ dynamic wing players.
Oh, yeah. Steph Curry still plays for the Warriors and is absolutely lighting up the league, including cashing in 7 threes and 37 points against the Knicks. Keep an eye on him.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana/ESPN
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Justin Holiday, Doug McDermott, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Warriors: Stephen Curry, Kelly Oubre, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney
IND: Caris LeVert (medical condition) - out, T.J. Warren (foot) - out
GSW: Klay Thompson (knee) - out, Marquese Chriss (right leg) - out
Enemy view: Golden State of Mind
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