Pacers vs Warriors

Reflecting on Lamb's Last Year

February 23, 2021 - One year ago today, Jeremy Lamb suffered a serious knee injury. Lamb and Nate Bjorkgren reflect on the past year and the progress he's made.

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Reflecting on Lamb's Last Year

February 23, 2021 - One year ago today, Jeremy Lamb suffered a serious knee injury. Lamb and Nate Bjorkgren reflect on the past year and the progress he's made.
Feb 23, 2021  |  03:50

Rested But Staying Ready

February 22, 2021 - Nate Bjorkgren and Aaron Holiday discuss what the team's focus has been during their extended break from games. They also comment on the state of the team through this point of the season.
Feb 22, 2021  |  02:33

Turner on His Charitable Efforts

February 20, 2021 - Myles Turner discusses how he's helping those in need in Texas.
Feb 20, 2021  |  03:01

Taking Advantage of Extra Practice Time

February 20, 2021 - Myles Turner and Nate Bjorkgren discuss the benefits of having more time off than usual between games.
Feb 20, 2021  |  02:34

Game Preview: Pacers vs Warriors

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 at 7:30 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Pacers.com Game Preview presented by DraftKings

Game Time Change Notice

Please note that start time for Sunday's game has been changed from the original schedule and will now tip off at 7:30 PM ET.

Matchup

After an unexpected week off, the Pacers (15-14) will finally be back in action on Wednesday night, when they host the Golden State Warriors (17-15) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

After an overtime win last Wednesday in Minnesota, Indiana had its next two games postponed — Saturday's game in Houston due to severe winter weather in Texas and Monday's game against San Antonio due to COVID-19 testing with the Spurs. As a result, the Pacers have been able to hold several days of practice, a unique opportunity in a season where a compact schedule has limited practice time across the league.

Head coach Nate Bjorkgren has used the practice time in multiple ways. The team has been able to hold more competitive practices like they would in training camp and guard Aaron Holiday said Monday's practice had an added focus on getting out in transition. At the same time, Bjorkgren has also tried to use the time to allow his players ample rest — they had no practice on Thursday and Sunday — and focused on things like continuing to improve their communication.

The Warriors are currently just above .500 and in the thick of a competitive Western Conference playoff chase. The chief reason for the Warriors' success has been the brilliance of point guard Stephen Curry, who is making a strong case to win a third MVP award.

Curry ranks second in the league in scoring at 30.2 points per game and is shooting 42.6 percent from 3-point range while taking 12 3-pointers a game. Curry has scored 40, 57, and a career-high 62 points in games this season. He missed Saturday's game in Charlotte due to illness, but returned for Tuesday's win in New York, where he had 37 points and six assists while going 7-for-14 from 3-point range.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Malcolm Brogdon, SG - Justin Holiday, SF - Doug McDermott, PF - Domantas Sabonis, C - Myles Turner
Warriors: PG - Stephen Curry, SG - Kelly Oubre Jr., SF - Andrew Wiggins, PF - Draymond Green, C - Kevon Looney

Injury Report

Pacers: Brian Bowen II - out (G League two-way contract), Jalen Lecque - out (G League assignment), Caris LeVert - out (medical condition), Cassius Stanley - out (G League two-way contract), T.J. Warren - out (left foot stress fracture)

Warriors: Marquese Chriss - out (right syndesmosis with a fibular fracture injury), Nico Mannion - out (G League two-way contract), Jordan Poole - out (G League assignment), Alen Smailagić - out (G League assignment), Klay Thompson - out (right Achilles tendon repair)

Last Meeting

Jan. 12, 2021: Five Pacers scored in double figures and three recorded double-doubles as Indiana pulled out a 104-95 win at Golden State despite playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

Myles Turner led the Pacers with a season-high 22 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks while going 7-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Domantas Sabonis added 18 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists.

Aaron Holiday busted out of an early season slump to tally 16 points and 12 assists off the bench, tallying nine points and six dimes in the fourth quarter alone.

"I know how good I am," Holiday said. "I know how I can play. I missed a few shots (to start the season), but they were good looks, so I can't really worry about that. All I can do is shoot them. It felt good to get the win. That's all that really matters."

Andrew Wiggins led Golden State with 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and five blocks. Stephen Curry added 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting (3-of-8 from 3-point range), while Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 points and five rebounds.

Noteworthy

  • The Warriors have won three of their last four and four their last six games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Golden State did not visit Indiana last season.
  • Myles Turner needs six blocks to become the first player in the NBA to swat 100 shots this season.
  • Pacers forward Justin Holiday was a part of the 2014-15 Warriors team that won an NBA title, appearing in 59 regular season and five playoff contests for Golden State.

Tickets

A limited number of tickets for all upcoming Pacers home games from January 24 through March 4 are now on sale. Single Game Tickets »   Health & Safety Guidelines »

Health Screening

Coming to the game? To ensure the screening process is quick and seamless, fans must complete the Ascension St. Vincent "Screen & Go" online health screening prior to arrival and show confirmation before entering the Fieldhouse. Those without smart phones must complete the same screening verbally prior to being allowed to enter. Adults accompanying young children will be asked to answer screening questions on the children's behalf. Complete Health Screening »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
ESPN - Mike Breen (play-by-play), Hubie Brown (analyst), Jorge Sedano (sideline reporter)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.





by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

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