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Game 49: Pacers/Bucks

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2009/2010 NBA Season


18-32 (6-19 away)
22-26 (15-7 home)
February 6, 2010
Bradley Center
7:30 PM
Radio: WTMJ AM 620 TV: No Local
Probable starters:
A.J. Price
PG Brandon Jennings
Brandon Rush
SG Charlie Bell
Danny Granger
SF Carlos Delfino
Troy Murphy
PF Luc Mbah a Moute
Roy Hibbert
C Andrew Bogut

(27th) 101.9 - OFFENSE - 104.1 (23rd)
(16th) 106.7 - DEFENSE - 104.2 (8th)
(2nd) 97.6 - PACE - 93.3 (11th)


Indy CornrowsIndy StarEight Points, Nine Seconds

Pretty, please. Andrew Bogut notched a career-high 31 points, Brandon Jennings came through in the clutch, and the Bucks won the first matchup of the year between these two. Pretty excellent, but not pretty at all: The 84-81 win was ugly all the way to the end, Milwaukee missed its last nine free throws, and two of the fastest-paced teams in the NBA did precious little to entertain onlookers in an even 100 possessions.

After averaging 4.2 points in the previous six games, Hakim Warrick bottomed out that night in Indiana with his only scoreless game of the season. Lost in the Skiles Shuffle, Hak' only played ten minutes that night. Five days later he scored 23 against the Spurs and he's been a new, refreshed player ever since.

Carlos Delfino meanwhile was just beginning a run of bad play, as he went scoreless in a starting role in Indiana that evening. He struggled for the next couple weeks, and then was reborn in the second half of January and remains in pretty good form.

Pace-rs. Indiana is the second fastest team in the NBA. The Bucks have had great success against the fastest team (Warriors) and third fastest team (Timberwolves), though that probably has a whole more to do with them being awful teams than anything. Though they've also scored some success against good and fast teams like the Grizzlies and Nuggets this season.

The Pacers have stormed into February, scoring 118.5 points in home wins over Toronto and Detroit. Both teams are playing the second night of back-to-backs, as Indiana ripped the Pistons 107-83 last night.

Rebounds confound. In the first matchup, Troy Murphy had 13 rebounds (1 offensive) and Luc Mbah a Moute had 4 rebounds (2 offensive). Turns out, this type of extreme discrepancy is to be expected, more or less.

Murphy averages 8.0 defensive rebounds per game, eighth in the whole NBA. Luc Mbah a Moute averages 2.8 defensive rebounds per game. Offensive boards? Mbah a Moute: 1.9 Muphy: 1.7.