Wednesday, January 30th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: IND vs. DET
by Scott Agness | January 30, 2013
Good news: the Pacers are home for 9 of their next 10 games and 13 of 16. The bad news is they’ve lost their last three games, two in very difficult fashion.
Back in Indy, where they’ve won 11 straight games, the Pacers look to handle their business and get back to their winning ways. The first opportunity comes on Wednesday, when the Detroit Pistons make their first appearance to the Fieldhouse this season.
The Pistons got off to a terrible start, losing their first eight games. In mid-December, they went through another rough patch where they lost six-consecutive games. Since, they haven’t lost more than two in a row and have wins over Miami, Atlanta and Boston. Most of their troubles come on the road, where they’ve lost 16 of 21 games.
Greg Monroe is the focal point of their offense. Chances are when he has a great game, so do the Pistons and they win. He’s one of just three players in the league that averages over 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists per game. He’ll likely have a competitive duel inside with the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert, a fellow Georgetown Hoya. Last meeting, Hibbert took a knee to the thigh and didn’t return in the second half. Rookie Andre Drummond can come right off the bench and pick up where Monroe left off in the post.
Another player to keep an eye on is point guard Brandon Knight, who scored a career-high 31 points in a win over Orlando on Sunday. Four of their starters have started every game, Knight, Prince, Maxiell and Monroe, with the only question at shooting guard, where Kyle Singler has gotten the start in over 80 percent of their games.
For the Pacers, it’s about getting back to what they do well—defense. In the last three games, all losses, they gave up more than 100 points per game and allowed their opponents to shoot better than 52 percent from the floor on average. Yes, they were on the other side of a couple tough officiating calls, but they’ve also turned it over 20 times a game and nearly half of their opponents’ total points were scored in the paint during that stretch. That cannot happen.
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
- The Pacers have won two in a row and 11 of the last 14 meetings.
- The Pacers have won 11-straight home games, their last loss to Denver back on Dec. 7.
- Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank attended Indiana University and was a manager under Coach Bob Knight from 1988-1992.
With one starter (Lance Stephenson) out with an injury and another (Roy Hibbert) having to sit out because of an injury sustained during the game, the Pacers used an 11-0 spurt in the fourth quarter – with a couple role players on the floor – to leave Detroit with a 88-77 victory. The win gave the Pacers their first three-game winning streak of the season.
David West scored a game-high 23 points and the Pacers were +23 with him on the floor. Tyler Hansbrough finished with 11 points and six rebounds and Jeff Pendergraph filled in nicely for Hibbert in the second half. Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 18 points and Brandon Knight added 14. The Pistons struggled from behind the arc, just 3-for-13, but they scored 18 second-chance points off of 11 offensive rebounds.
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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), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)
Good seats are still available for the Pistons matchup, including College Night presented by the Indiana National Guard. Find Tickets »
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