Game Preview: Pacers at Warriors
Saturday, December 1st at 10:30 PM EST at Oracle Arena
Game Preview: IND at GSW
by Scott Agness | November 30, 2012
The Pacers complete their week in California and trifecta of games against Pacific Division opponents on Saturday against the Golden State Warriors, who are in the midst of a four-game homestand.
Record wise, Golden State is the best team that Indiana will have faced on this west coast trip. They have multiple weapons that can hurt you, Curry and Lee specifically. The Pacers’ calling card so far has been defense, which they lead the league in, along with rebounds and blocks.
So far it has been David West and George Hill leading the charge for the Pacers. They have led in-game spurts and invited the pressure. Should there be another tight finish, these two guys, the top two scorers on the team, will likely have the ball.
The Warriors enter the game having won four of their last five games and six of eight. Meanwhile, the Pacers have won three in a row over the Warriors and will try for their fourth straight road win on Saturday.
There are plenty of familiar names on the Warriors’ roster. First, they are headed by one of the more popular Pacers players of all-time, Mark Jackson, who played for the team from 1994-96 and 1997-2000. Jarrett Jack (2008-09) and Brandon Rush (2008-11) each had stints in Indianapolis and Warriors forward Carl Landry played at both Vincennes (2002-04) and Purdue University (2004-07).
Their roster has changed quite a bit since the last time they faced the Pacers. Last March, they traded Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut, who is out indefinitely due to a left ankle injury. Over the summer, they drafted Harrison Barnes (7th), Festus Ezeli (30th) and Draymond Green (35th), traded for Jarrett Jack and signed free agents Carl Landry and Kent Bazemore.
Five Warrior players are averaging double-figure numbers, paced by Stephen Curry’s 18.4 points and 5.5 assists per game. Forward David Lee is playing sound basketball, averaging 16.4 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest.
- C – Roy Hibbert
- F – David West
- F – Paul George
- G – Lance Stephenson
- G – George Hill
- C – Festus Ezeli
- F – David Lee
- F – Harrison Barnes
- G – Klay Thompson
- G – Stephen Curry
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
Warriors: Andrew Bogut (out, left ankle rehab), Brandon Rush (out, torn ACL and MCL in left knee) and Richard Jefferson (out, strained right calf)
- The Warriors are 2-0 vs. Eastern Conference teams, with wins over Cleveland and Atlanta.
- Warriors Head Athletic Trainer Chad Bergman, an Indy native, spent 13 years as a ball boy for the Pacers and graduated from IUPUI.
- Klay Thompson was voted in the annual NBA.com GM Survey as the player most likely to have a breakout season in 2012-13. Paul George tied for fourth.
- Indiana is 41-17 all-time vs. Golden State.
Indiana swept the season series with Golden State last season. They jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game and coasted in the second half to a 102-78 home win in late February. Six Pacers scored in double-figures, led by 25 from Danny Granger. They shot 44 percent from the field and held the Warriors to 34 percent, a season-low at the time.
Former Pacers guard Brandon Rush finished with 14 points and seven rebounds in his return to Indy. Monta Ellis scored 14 and David Lee added 12.
The Pacers dominated in every facet of the game: Rebounds, points in the paint, fast break points—you name it.
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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)