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Blue-and-Gold Breakdown: Doug McDermott Discusses Early Season

November 13, 2018 - On this edition of the Blue and Gold Breakdown, Doug McDermott joins the show to assess the Pacers season so far, discuss his evolving role, and preview the weekend ahead.

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Blue-and-Gold Breakdown: Doug McDermott Discusses Early Season

November 13, 2018 - On this edition of the Blue and Gold Breakdown, Doug McDermott joins the show to assess the Pacers season so far, discuss his evolving role, and preview the weekend ahead.
Nov 13, 2018  |  05:40

After Layoff, Pacers Ready to Face Heat

November 15, 2018 - Following Thursday's practice, the Pacers discussed the challenges of playing the Heat with a healthy Goran Dragic in the lineup.
Nov 15, 2018  |  01:05

Pacers Looking for Faster Pace Without Hurting Defense

Nov. 14, 2018 - Pacers center Myles Turner and head coach Nate McMillan speak about wanting to increase the pace of the offense, but maintain a strong defensive front.
Nov 14, 2018  |  01:31

Practice: Pacers Taking Advantage of Long Layoff

November 13, 2018 - Following practice on Tuesday, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about the four-day gap between games and what the Pacers are doing to maximize their time off. Starters Darren Collison and Thaddeus Young also discussed the layoff and what the team is working on throughout the week.
Nov 13, 2018  |  02:14

McMillan on Alize Johnson's Strong Play for Mad Ants

Nov. 14, 2018 - Pacers coach Nate McMillan reacts to rookie Alize Johnson's 27-point, 20-rebound performance last weekend with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA G League.
Nov 14, 2018  |  01:44

Game Preview: Pacers vs Heat

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport






Last updated: Nov. 15 at 11:00 AM ET

Matchup

After a four-day layoff between games, the Pacers return to action at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday as they square off with the Miami Heat in their first Hickory Night of the season.

The unusually large gap in the schedule has allowed the Blue & Gold to lock in on some of the issues that have hampered them during their last four games, in which they've gone 1-3.

"Some of the slippage that we've seen, we've been able to work on that," said Pacers head coach Nate McMillan during Tuesday's practice. "We haven't had a lot of opportunities because we've had so many games."

During the three defeats, the Pacers (8-6) averaged just 97 points per game, struggling to generate enough points to come out on top.

But on Friday, the Pacers will get another shot at the Heat, who Indiana vanquished during a road victory this past Friday — sealing the win with a 12-0 run to end the game.

The Heat (6-8) have hit a rough patch of late, suffering three straight losses at home before picking up a win at Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Over their three losses, defense was a concern for Miami, as the Heat allowed 110 points or more in all three of the defeats.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Darren Collison, SG - Victor Oladipo, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Heat: PG - Goran Dragic, SG - Josh Richardson, SF - Rodney McGruder, SF - Justise Winslow, C - Hassan Whiteside

Injury Report

Pacers: None

Heat: James Johnson - out (sports hernia surgery), Dwyane Wade - TBD (personal reasons), Dion Waiters - out (left ankle surgery)

Last Meeting

Nov. 9, 2018: The Pacers battled their way to a tough 110-102 road win against the Miami Heat on Friday night. Despite continued woes at the free-throw line and losing Thad Young to ejection late in the second quarter, the Pacers made enough plays in the fourth quarter to win their fourth road game in a row.

Miami led 102-98 with 1:38 to play, but the Pacers took over from there.

The score was 102-100 with under a minute to play, and Bojan Bogdanovic drilled a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a one-point lead. After a defensive stop, Victor Oladipo knocked down a jump shot to give Indiana a 105-102 advantage with 32 seconds left.

Following a Miami turnover, the Heat sent the Pacers to the free-throw line, and though they struggled mightily from the charity stripe on the night (17-of-29, 58.6 percent), Darren Collison made a pair the team had to have to put Indiana up five.

After another Heat turnover, Victor Oladipo sealed the game with a three-point play, and in all, the Pacers ended the game with a 12-0 run to leave Miami with a victory.

Noteworthy

  • Friday's game will be the Heat's only visit to Indianapolis during the regular season.
  • The Pacers lead the all-time series 64-47, with a 45-10 edge in Indiana.
  • Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Heat guard Dwyane Wade were both coached in college by current Georgia head coach Tom Crean.

Tickets

The Pacers will host the Heat on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 PM ET. Secure your seats today. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Bobby "Slick" Leonard (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

Hickory Night

During their first Hickory Night of the 2018-19 season, the Pacers will honor the Muncie Central Bearcats during halftime. Learn More »

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