Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: IND vs GSW
Scott Agness | February 26, 2013 |
Editors Note: There will be a Roger Brown tribute between the 1st and 2nd quarters. Then, during halftime, there will be a preview of the upcoming Roger Brown documentary, "Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story". Be sure to stay in your seats for both the tribute and documentary preview!
The Pacers complete their favorable February home schedule over the next nine days, playing four of five games at the Fieldhouse. They are all difficult yet enticing games because four of the opponents are playoff-caliber teams and the other, Toronto, has won seven of their last 10 games.
Tonight, the Golden State Warriors, winners of three in a row, come to town. They'll be playing their second game of a five-game trip out east, their final big road stretch of the season. Then, they’ll return home for seven straight.
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Road games have given the Warriors fits recently. They've dropped 10 of their last 14 away contests.
Mark Jackson, in his second season as Warriors head coach, has helped change the culture of the franchise. Last year, they went 23-43 in the lockout-shortened season. Already this season, they've won 32 games and have the sixth-best record in the Western Conference. They are a particularly good rebounding (third in the NBA) and 3-point shooting (third, at 39 percent) team.
Five Warriors players are double figure scorers, led by Stephen Curry’s 21 points and 6.6 assists per game average. Power forward David Lee is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists per game. He’s also an All-Star, the teams’ first since 1997. Many pundits around the league however, believed both Curry and Lee deserved to be All-Stars.
The Warriors were very encouraged and excited to have their center back after an injury, but now another problem will keep him sidelined. Andrew Bogut missed their first 38 games this season following left ankle surgery. He returned for 12 games, but sat out Friday night in an overtime win against San Antonio. Over the weekend, Jackson announced that Bogut is out indefinitely with back spasms.
Pacers swingman Danny Granger will play in his first home game since a May 24th playoff game last season. He sat out the team’s first 55 games with a left knee injury and will likely play between 15 and 20 minutes.
Warriors: Brandon Rush (out, torn ACL & MCL in his left knee), Andrew Bogut (questionable, back spasms)
"Golden State obviously, was one of our tough losses early in the season and gave us all they can handle. Jarrett Jack's playing as well as anybody in the league right now. Steph Curry should have been an All-Star, clearly. I don’t know how he wasn't an All-Star when you watch him play and look at his numbers ... Mark Jackson’s doing a great job." – Frank Vogel on Golden State
"The way we defend, the way rebound, the way we do our work in the trenches, if we share the basketball consistently and we run consistently like we did in the two games last week against New York and Detroit, that’s our pathway to dominance." – Frank Vogel
"My leg is feeling good. I’m still dealing with some soreness, it comes and goes but it’s getting less and less over the past few weeks. Now it’s mostly just getting into rhythm and getting used to playing." – Danny Granger
"Just another game. Night in and night out, you’ve got your hands full and you just can’t think too much because you have Stephen (Curry) and Chris (Paul) coming in. You have to treat like any other game." – George Hill on facing two elite point guards these next two games
- The Pacers had won the last three meetings until the Warriors’ win in December.
- Warriors Head Athletic Trainer Chad Bergman, an Indy native, spent 13 years as a ball boy for the Pacers and graduated from IUPUI.
- The Warriors haven’t won in Indianapolis since Feb. 5, 2007 – a span of five games.
- Warriors guard Jarrett Jack played one season with the Pacers (2008-09).
Their first meeting, a 103-92 loss, is most memorable because it’s the game that changed Paul George’s mentality and routine for the rest of the season. He failed to score for the only time this season and went 0-for-7 from the floor in 29 minutes.
The Warriors used a big spurt to close the third quarter, led by a former Pacer. Jarrett Jack scored their final nine points, including a half-court shot at the buzzer, that swung all the momentum in the home teams’ favor. The Pacers didn’t finish quarters well at all and were outscored 24-4 by the Warriors – 1st) 4-0, 2nd) 8-0, 3rd) 7-2, 4th) 5-2.
David West led all scorers with 23 points and George Hill added 19. Golden State’s backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson was extremely effective. Curry notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 assists. Thompson contributed 22 points and seven rebounds.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: AM 1070 The Fan, AM 107.5 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)