Tuesday, November 27 at 10:30 PM EST at the Staples Center

Game Preview: IND at LAL

by Scott Agness | November 23, 2012

Matchup

The Pacers open their first weeklong road trip—beginning in L.A., ending in Chicago—Tuesday against the Lakers, who have begun to get things in order. Mike Brown, a former assistant with the Pacers, is out as head coach and Mike D'Antoni has replaced him.

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Pacers radio broadcaster Mark Boyle talks with Coach Vogel about the upcoming road trip, the improved offensive play, and utilizing the D-League.

Plenty of early losses, ugly losses, did Coach Brown in. The Lakers didn’t win a game in October and were 0-8 in the preseason. Then, after opening the regular season with three straight losses, his job was truly in question. D'Antoni’s first game on the bench was on Nov. 20 as the Lakers got a 95-90 home win over Brooklyn.

The Lakers haven't only been in the headlines recently—they were the talk of the NBA in the offseason for landing two big names: Point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard. Nash, however, is bothered by fractured fibula in his left leg and hasn't seen the court since Oct. 31. Howard, on the other hand, is averaging a double-double and is second on the team in scoring behind Kobe Bryant, who leads the league at 26.9ppg.

The Pacers have continued to work on implementing their new offense that was installed less than two weeks ago. They are currently 29th in scoring and field goal percentage. Meanwhile, they are No. 1 in the league in field goal percentage defense and rebounding—something Coach Vogel is proud of.

Probable Starters

Pacers

  • C – Roy Hibbert
  • F – David West
  • F – Paul George
  • G – Lance Stephenson
  • G – George Hill

Lakers

  • C – Dwight Howard
  • F – Pau Gasol
  • F – Metta World Peace
  • G – Kobe Bryant
  • G – Darius Morris

Injury Update

Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)

Lakers: Steve Nash (out, non-displaced fracture in left leg), Steve Blake (out, abdominal strain), Jordan Hill (probable, herniated disc/sprained right wrist)

Quotable

"I think they are very scary offensively and have the ability to put it together on the defensive end. Obviously, anytime you have Dwight Howard in the game, he can clean up a lot of stuff." — Frank Vogel on the Lakers

"Probably Howard and Kobe on anybody that we have. They are guys that warrant double teams and we have to be ready for everything." — Frank Vogel on what matchups worry him the most

"I encourage our guys to keep any frustrations in perspective and understanding that we play 41 at home and 41 on the road. We're weathering the storm of an early, tough part of our schedule. Manage it, stay in the hunt and we'll have our run." — Frank Vogel on so many road games

"No emotion. I played on seven different teams, many different cities and had to go back before. It’s different because it's not like it's the same team that I left. Everything is different. Kobe is the only one still there that I played with." — Coach Brian Shaw on returning to L.A.

"We haven't had time to really get into the offense and find the reads on the plays. Now we're able to get reps, able to actually play and learn off of playing instead of doing it in games and then not knowing why things aren't there or why it’s not working. It was real good for us to work because now we are understanding the offense and it’s not like we’re just moving to get some motion going." — Paul George on the additional practice time

Noteworthy

  • Roy Hibbert has recorded a double-double in each of the last three games.
  • Rookies Miles Plumlee and Orlando Johnson have re-joined the team after playing two D-League games with the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants.
  • The Pacers have won two in a row at the Staples Center after losing the previous 14 times. The Lakers own the series record 55-21.
  • Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) played with the Pacers from 2002-06 and was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2004.
  • Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw makes his second visit back to a place where he won three titles as a player and two as a coach.
  • Lakers assistant Chuck Person has a long history with the Pacers. He was drafted by the Pacers with the 4th overall pick in 1986 and he played six seasons with the team. He later spent three seasons as a special assistant to the CEO/president of basketball operations and then was an assistant with the team from 2005-07.
  • Center Miles Plumlee and guard Orlando Johnson have been recalled from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League and will be with the Pacers on their upcoming three-game west coast trip.

Last Meeting

Due to the lockout, the Pacers only faced the Lakers once last season and won, on the road, 98-96. Roy Hibbert, who led the Pacers with 18 points and eight rebounds, finished the game with a broken nose after being hit by a Kobe Bryant elbow. Six Indiana players scored in double-figures, including every starter.

Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 33 points on 14-of-30 shooting.

Broadcast Information | Find Local Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Michael Grady (host)

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