Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Center

Game Preview: IND at PHI

Scott Agness | February 4, 2013 | Updated February 6, 2013, 1:17 AM

Matchup

The Pacers complete the league’s only three games in three days stretch out east in Philadelphia. It is their lone road game during a 10-game stretch. Meanwhile, the Sixers also have a home-friendly schedule, playing 12 of 13 at the Wells Fargo Center. At 21-26, they’d like to gain some momentum and roll off some wins to get back in playoff contention, as they're currently one spot out.

Philadelphia is anxiously awaiting the return of Andrew Bynum, acquired in an offseason trade but yet to play due to an ongoing knee injury. His return, likely after the All-Star break, will finally give them a true big man in the post because Spencer Hawes, who has started the past five games and averaged 10 points and six rebounds this year, hasn’t cut it. Their strength is at the guard position with Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. Holiday is averaging 19 points and nine assists, both team-highs.

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Just yesterday, the Sixers found out that they’ll be without starting forward Thaddeus Young for at least the next three weeks. He went down Monday in the second quarter against Orlando and said he felt like a rubber band popped. His injury likely moves Lavoy Allen back into the starting lineup.

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The Sixers have won their last three ball games, but all three were to bottom-feeders of the league. As a team, they are below-average with regard to statistics. They don’t score a lot of points (93) and give up more (96) on average. Applying pressure and attacking the paint will be a key for the Pacers because the Sixers lack a big inside presence. Ball movement hasn’t been a problem lately and it’ll be key, as will keeping their turnovers down against such active guards.

Probable Starters

George Hill

George Hill

Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson

Paul George

Paul George

David West

David West

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

Jrue Holiday

Nick Young

Evan Turner

Lavoy Allen

Spencer Hawes

Injury Update

Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
Sixers: Andrew Bynum (out, knee), Thaddeus Young (out, left hamstring), Jason Richardson (doubtful, knee)

Quotable

“For us, it’s more of a cram job in preparation. There’s less time to study the opponents, put together the game plan, days are little bit longer so it’s a little bit of a grind there. We’re used to playing back-to-backs and we’ve done this three in a row a couple times last year.” – Frank Vogel on three-straight games

“If we can win three in a row, the last one being the toughest one on the road, this just tells us where we’re at. Not only because it’s the third game in a row, but we struggle on the road. So if we can win on the road, then we’ll know that we’re getting better.” – Paul George

“I think it’s just been us trusting the pass. That’s what coach has been preaching to us all week. Trust the pass and that’s what we’ve been doing.” – D.J. Augustin on the teams’ recent outbursts on offense

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers have won three of the last four meetings.
  • Sixers trainer Kevin Johnson attended Indiana State and was an assistant trainer for the Colts and later for the Pacers under David Craig from 1990-1994.
  • Like Paul George, Sixers guard Jrue Holiday was voted to his first ever All-Star game this season.
  • Only five players remain from the Sixers’ 2011-12 roster.
  • Butler’s Shelvin Mack is on a 10-day contract with the Sixers.
  • The Sixers are 19-0 when entering the 4th quarter with a lead.

Last Meeting

Paul George scored 28 points and George Hill nearly attained his first career triple-double – 15 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists – as the Pacers defeated the Sixers, 95-85. The Pacers outscored the Sixers by 12 in the second half en route to the win. Paul George swatted two consecutive shots which led to an easy dunk by Hibbert and a three-pointer from Hill to seal it and push the team over .500 (12-11).

Evan Turner finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds while center Spencer Hawes added 18 for Philadelphia. The Pacers scored 20 second-chance points off of 14 offensive rebounds. Lance Stephenson missed the game with a sprained ankle. Hill originally was given a triple-double but it was later taken away after video review.

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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), Austin Croshere (analyst), Michael Grady (host)

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