Countdown to Tipoff: Pacers at Detroit


Pre-Game Media Notes: Pacers | Pistons

SCOUTING THE PACERS: After suffering only their second loss under interim coach Frank Vogel, the Indiana Pacers will look to bounce back against an opponent they've dominated recently. Indiana will try for a seventh consecutive win over the host Detroit Pistons when the teams meet tonight for the first time this season. The Pacers (24-29) allowed a combined 90 points to Miami stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh en route to a 110-103 loss. Both of Indiana's defeats under Vogel have come against the star-studded Heat, and the Pacers remain eighth in the Eastern Conference. Roy Hibbert scored 18 but Danny Granger and Darren Collison combined to shoot just 6-of-24. Granger is averaging 29.3 points in his last eight meetings with the Pistons. Brandon Rush returned Tuesday after missing the previous 10 games with a sprained right ankle. Rush is averaging 10.7 points on the season, but attempted only one shot - a made 3-pointer - in just over eight minutes of action versus the Heat.

SCOUTING THE PISTONS: Indiana has taken the last six meetings in this series by an average of 10.5 points. Although the Pistons (20-36) hit their first six 3-pointers and led by as many as 15 in the second quarter Monday night, their home losing streak reached a season-worst four games with a 94-79 defeat to Atlanta. The fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills were not pleased. Detroit, averaging 90.5 points while losing 10 of its last 15, will likely need a better effort offensively if it hopes to keep up with the Pacers, who are averaging 107.1 points in their last nine games. The Pistons are 1-21 in regulation when giving up at least 100 points. Detroit's Richard Hamilton missed his fifth consecutive game with a groin injury Monday and his status is unknown.

QUOTE MARKS: "The rest of the season, we're coming. We're not backing down. We're not having any lackadaisical games. We're on the prowl. We're hungry." -- Hibbert

INJURY REPORT: The Pacers are healthy. For the Pistons, Richard Hamilton (groin) is a game-time decision and Jonas Jerebko (right Achilles tendon) is out.

BROADCAST INFO: The game will be telecast at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Indiana with Chris Denari and Clark Kellogg calling the game and Stacy Paetz on the sideline, with a pre-game show starting at 7. 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 reporting.

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