Sunday, January 13th at 6:00 PM EST at the Barclays Center

Game Preview: IND at BRO

by Scott Agness | January 12, 2013

Matchup

The Pacers make their only appearance of the year at the Barclays Center, the brand new $1 billion dollar home of the Brooklyn Nets. The new arena was largely based off of the Pacers’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Montieth & Denari: Pacers' Defense, Paul George and Ian Mahinmi

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Mark Montieth and Chris Denari sit down this week to discuss two big Pacers wins against the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, both top Eastern Conference teams. Paul George has been having an all-star season and Ian Mahinmi has stepped up as a reliable back-up center. As the team continues to win and the Colts' season comes to an end, the Pacers have seemed to capture this city's attention.

The Brooklyn Nets had a very eventful offseason -- going from New Jersey to Brooklyn, moving into a new arena, rebranding the team and overhauling the roster. Their player movement was so rapid that MarShon Brooks was the only player not to have his contract altered, according to ESPN.com.

A few dazzling offseason moves – re-signing free agent Deron Williams and trading for Joe Johnson – had many media outlets picking them to finish near the top in the East. In November, it looked as if those predictions were spot on, as the Nets won 11 of their first 15 games. Then, they dropped 10 of 13 in December and the owner made the call to fire head coach Avery Johnson. It caught many off-guard, considering Johnson was just honored as the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for games in November.

Grizzly vet P.J. Carlesimo, one of the nicest head coaches in the league, was promoted to interim head coach – likely through the end of the season. He is 7-1 since taking over.

Nets center Brook Lopez has been hampered by a nagging foot injury which caused him to miss seven games this season. When he plays, he’s been their best scorer and rebounder, averaging 18 points and seven rebounds per game while connecting on 53 percent of the shots he takes. Deron Williams’ numbers are down from a couple of years ago, partly because he doesn’t have to do as much with better surrounding pieces. He remains a dangerous threat and contributes nearly 17 points and eight assists on average, per game.

The Nets aren’t ranked in the top 10 of any major statistical category. They are however, undefeated (5-0) since the New Year – winning four of the five by at least 17 points – and have moved up to fourth, just behind the Pacers, in the East. They see the Pacers home win streak and have a little home magic of their own going on right now – winners of their last four at the Barclays Center.

Indiana will arrive in Brooklyn late Saturday after beating the Charlotte Bobcats at home earlier that night. Paul George didn’t play nor travel with the team because of the flu. If he’s feeling much better, there’s a chance he re-joins the team for tonight’s game, which begins a three-game road trip and a stretch with seven of eight games away from Indianapolis.

Probable Starters

George Hill

George Hill

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Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson

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Paul George

Paul George

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David West

David West

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Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

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KBrook Lopez

Reggie Evans

Gerald Wallace

Joe Johnson

Deron Williams

Injury Update

Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee), Paul George (doubtful, flu) George Hill (day-to-day, bronchitis), Roy Hibbert (day-to-day, back spasms)
Nets:Gerald Wallace (out, bruised ribs), Kris Humphries (questionable, sore left ankle), Deron Williams (questionable, right thigh contusion), Jerry Stackhouse (probably, sore right hamstring), Mirza Teletovic (probable, illness)

Quotes

“New place to play, new fanbase. It's going to be a great experience, but we've got to be professional about it.” – David West, who grew up in Teaneck, NJ, on Brooklyn

“We know they’re going to bring their best shot. We have to continue to do what we’ve been doing all year long and that’s playing defense at a high level, helping each other and just have fun out there.” – George Hill on Brooklyn

Noteworthy

  • This is the first time the Pacers have faced the Nets since their move to Brooklyn.
  • The Pacers are 8-3 in the second game of a back-to-back.
  • Gerald Green played 31 games with the Nets last season.

Last Meeting

The Pacers won three of their four meetings last season, with the (New Jersey) Nets winning the most recent contest, 100-84, despite only having eight healthy players available.

Deron Williams scored 13 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter, to go along with nine assists. Marshon Brooks added 17. Coach Vogel didn’t like the Pacers’ effort that night in a bad loss, which followed a huge 15-point win over Miami. David West, who finished with 12 points, called the loss embarrassing. Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points and Tyler Hansbrough had 13 off the bench.

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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