Game Preview: Pacers at Nets
Pacers.com Staff | November 7, 2013
The Pacers head to Brooklyn to take on the Nets for the first time this season. Saturday's game is Indiana's fourth in five days.
Both teams will be playing the second night of a back-to-back, as Indiana defeated Toronto on Friday night to extend their unbeaten streak to six games, while Brooklyn lost in overtime in Washington.
The Nets swept the season series with the Pacers last season, taking all three games, including two wins at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
This offseason, the Nets made a big splash by trading for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry. Brooklyn also signed Andrei Kirilenko and hired the freshly-retired Jason Kidd as their new head coach. There are now title expectations in the borough, but the Nets have gotten off to an uneven start, with a 2-2 record heading into Friday night.
Center Brook Lopez has led the way in the early going, averaging 20.5 points through four games. Pierce is averaging nearly 16 points per game. Three-time All-Star point guard Deron Williams is only averaging 8.5 points per game, but he is also dishing out 8.0 assists per contest.
For the Pacers, the big question remains the health of George Hill, who has missed three straight games with a sore left hip. Even if Hill plays Friday night against Toronto, the team could decide to sit him Saturday on the second night of a back-to-back.
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, strained left calf), George Hill (day-to-day, sore left hip)
"I've seen them play a few times just at home, not preparing for them. They've got some firepower. No doubt about it. And any team that Kevin Garnett's on is going to be a great defensive team. We expect them to be among the best of the best in the Eastern Conference this year and it'll be a great challenge [on Saturday]." - Frank Vogel
"I felt pretty good. It's not 100 percent. ... Who knows [if I can play tomorrow]? You don't know how it's going to feel until tomorrow when you wake up." - George Hill on how he felt Friday night and whether he can play on the second night of a back-to-back
"One thru five are All-Stars. You got to continue to be aggressive and play as a team. The good thing is defense travels. If we continue to play defense the way we're playing defense, we should be ok." - Hill on Brooklyn
"I got to step up to the challenge. Brook [Lopez] is one of the best bigs in the game. It's going to be fun. It's going to be a mentally challenging game because physically we're going to be tired, but also you have to push through and so the mental part is going to be the biggest part." - Roy Hibbert
- Pacers point guard C.J. Watson played for Brooklyn last season, where he averaged 6.8 points per game and appeared in 80 contests, including eight starts.
- Nets rookie forward Mason Plumlee is from Warsaw, Ind. and the younger brother of Miles Plumlee, the Pacers' first round draft pick in 2012 who was traded to Phoenix in July for Luis Scola.
- The Nets are one of two teams in the NBA to have eight players averaging at least 20 minutes per game (Los Angeles Lakers). Brooklyn also has a ninth player averaging 17.8 minutes per game (Jason Terry).
April 12: Deron Williams erupted for 33 points and 14 assists to lead Brooklyn to a 117-119 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each added 24 points for the Nets. Brooklyn shot 51.2 percent and sank 12 3-pointers. Their 117 points were the most Indiana allowed all season.
All five Pacers starters scored in double figures in the loss, led by David West (26 points) and Paul George (21). Roy Hibbert (18 points and 10 rebounds) and George Hill (17 points and 10 assists) each recorded double-doubles. Lance Stephenson added 13 points.
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