Countdown to Tipoff: Pacers at Knicks
SCOUTING THE PACERS: The Pacers have lost seven of 10 overall and seven straight on the road but ended a three-game slide with a 95-86 home victory over Washington on Friday as Danny Granger and Darren Collison each scored 18 points. One reason the Pacers (14-17) are five games ahead of last season's pace is their defense. Indiana finished 13th in the NBA in opponents' field-goal percentage at 45.3 percent in 2009-10, and is among the league leaders at 43.4 percent this season. The Pacers limited the Wizards to 38.8 percent Friday. Indiana is 5-0 at New York when Granger starts. These teams split four meetings last season, with Granger averaging 29.0 points in three games. Rookie Paul George had season highs of 13 points and seven rebounds Friday after seeing action once in the Pacers' previous 17 games.
SCOUTING THE KNICKS: The Knicks have lost five of seven during a difficult stretch in which they have faced some of the league's best teams. They are back home after falling 106-98 at Miami on Tuesday and 112-103 at Orlando on Thursday. Amare Stoudemire finished with 30 points in both losses, but was limited to under 32 minutes Thursday due to foul trouble. Former Pacers first-round pick Shawne Williams, meanwhile, had a season-high 15 points Thursday for the Knicks. Williams has appeared in 15 straight games after not seeing action in New York's first 17.
INJURY REPORT: The Pacers are healthy. For the Knicks, Kelenna Azubuike (left knee surgery) is out.
BROADCAST INFO: This game will not be televised locally. The radio broadcast is anchored by the flagship of the Pacers' network, WIBC 93 FM, featuring Mark Boyle and Bob "Slick" Leonard, with Kevin Lee handling the sideline and pre-game duties.
CHAT: There will not be a live chat for this game.