Game Preview: Pacers at Bobcats
Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 PM EST at the Time Warner Cable Arena
Game Preview: IND at CHA
by Scott Agness | January 14, 2013
The Pacers (23-15) are back in Charlotte, a place that wasn’t so kind to them in their last visit. It was opening night for the Bobcats (9-27), a team that lost their final 23 games last season. It was a new season under a new head coach and the Pacers, who lost six of their first nine games, had problems.
That was just one game, a game very early in the season for a team that was still on the hunt for their identity. Over the last month, the Pacers have formed an identity and have been one of the better teams in the league, winning 13 of their last 17 games. They did, however, hit a bump in the road on Sunday evening, losing to a streaking Brooklyn team, 97-86, after having the lead most of the game but shooting 3-of-22 in the final quarter.
Indiana just faced Charlotte last Saturday so the scouting report, for both teams, should be fresh in their minds. Guard play is especially critical against this Bobcats team because of Kemba Walker (18 points, six assists per game), Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon (14 ppg). Their inside game is lacking, which explains why they’re a below-average rebounding team (18th) and last in points in the paint differential.
The Bobcats, losers in three consecutive games, will be on the second night of a back-to-back after playing in Boston on Monday night.
The Pacers are dealing with a variety of health issues at the moment. George Hill, Paul George and Orlando Johnson are all fighting the flu. Hill said over the weekend he felt about 80 percent and George, who recently came down with something and missed Saturday’s Bobcats game, is on medication that has helped. Lance Stephenson’s status is in question with what Coach Vogel described as a "really bad toenail." He played the first 6:27 of Sunday’s game in Brooklyn, his hometown, but never returned.
A few items to look for tonight: Will David West lead the Pacers for the third game in a row? Who steps up if Stephenson can’t go? And, how effective is the Bobcats zone-defense?
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee), Lance Stephenson (questionable, sore left foot), George Hill (probable, bronchitis), Roy Hibbert (day-to-day, back spasms)
Bobcats: Byron Mullens (out, left ankle sprain)
- The Pacers have won 10 of their last 11 meetings vs. the Bobcats.
- D.J. Augustin was drafted in 2007 by Charlotte where he played his first four seasons.
- Bobcats assistant Brian Winters served as the Indiana Fever head coach from 2004-07 and then was a scout for the Pacers until 2011.
The Pacers just took on the Bobcats on Saturday in Indianapolis. Indiana struggled in the early-going as their shots, even from inside the lane, weren't going down. They finally built some momentum when their 3-pointers began to fall. Once on top late in the third, they held off attacks by the Bobcats for a 96-88 win.
Paul George missed the game with the flu and David West, in particular, stepped up his absence. West tallied his first triple-double—14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Indiana's guard play from Hill, Augustin and Stephenson was steady and sound. Ben Gordon scored a game-high 21 points and Kemba Walker netted 16.
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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)