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Game Thread: Pacers/Bucks


31-20 (13-14 road)

24-29 (14-9 home)
February 11, 2009 - 7:05PM CT
Bradley Center
Radio: 620 WTMJ   TV: FS Wisconsin

Probable starters:

T.J. Ford
PG Ramon Sessions
Jarrett Jack
SG Luc Mbah a Moute*
Danny Granger
SF Richard Jefferson
Troy Murphy
PF Charlie Villanueva
Roy Hibbert
C Francisco Elson
104.3 (17th)
Off 104.3 (18th)
 106.6 (21st)
Def 104.3 (13th)
99.1 (3rd)
Pace 94.2 (14th)
24.8 (24th)
OReb 28.8 (6th)
74.9 (6th)
DReb  74.2 (12th)


08/09 Series:

Dec. 13: @Bucks 121 Pacers 103

Jan. 28: @Pacers 107 Bucks 99


Pacers: Jamaal Tinsley is out for disciplinary reasons. Jeff Foster (back) and Mike Dunleavy (knee) are not expected to play.

Bucks: Michael Redd is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL. Andrew Bogut is out with a stress fracture in his lower back. Luke Ridnour is out with a broken thumb.

Three Points

  • Last night. The Pacers won a wacky 96-95 (video) game against the Cavaliers last night. LeBron James exploded for 47 points, and Troy Murphy led Indy with 18. The game saved the strangest for last. Here's the situation: 0.4 seconds left, Pacers up by two, Cavs ball. They inbound an alley-oop attempt to James, who is "fouled" by Danny Granger, and James proceeds to hit both throws to knot the game at 95s with 0.2 to go. Then the Pacers turn the same trick, lobbing a pass to Danny Granger. Naturally, James is whistled for a foul, and Granger wins the game at the line. The Bucks can relate to the bizarre nature of playing the Pacers. Recall that the Bucks, trailing 103-102, scored the final 19 points of the game in the first matchup, and the Pacers just ran all over Milwaukee to the tune of 38 first quarter points in a blowout win the second time around. 
  • Jekyll or Hyde? Indeed, Indiana is a tough team to understand. There's a reason why Danny Granger said they have a Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde complex. They've beaten the Celtics, Lakers, and the Rockets (twice) while losing to the Grizzlies, Bobcats, and Warriors --- and that was all before this month. In young February already, the Pacers have beaten the Magic and Cavaliers, and lost to the Timberwolves and Wizards. That's difficult to wrap the mind around. Will Jekyll or Hyde show up tonight at the Bradley Center?
  • Charles in charge. It's not an overstatement to say Charlie Villanueva has been one of the best players in the NBA the last few weeks. The forward is averaging 24.2 points in the last ten games. Not ten days, ten games. And that's not the most impressive part. He's shooting an unreal .537/.462/.913 in that span. More good news: CV plays best on one day of rest (19.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 50.1 % field goal) and he's killed Indiana this year (27.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 52.9 % field goal).

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