NBA Indiana Pacers (16-2) at Utah Jazz (4-15) -- Game Thread

"I thought we were the home team? When do the home cookin' calls happen?" - Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Game #20 -- Pacers (16-2) vs. Jazz (4-15)
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
7:00 pm (MT) -- TV: ROOT Sports, RADIO: 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

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NBA Regular Season Game #20:

Indiana Pacers (16-2) @ Utah Jazz (4-15)

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Can G-Time evolve into Miller Time, and beat the Pacers?

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This is a big game right? Yes? No? I think so -- because you want to compare yourself to the best and right now the Pacers are exactly that. We got a confirmation that Jeremy and Marvin will be out -- so that sucks as our bench will be missing about 20-10 points/rebounds off of the bench on average.

That hurts when you are playing such a big club like Indy with Roy, David, Luis, and company. The Player of the Game for me will be Enes. Sure, everyone wants to focus on how Trey is doing as a starter, or the Gordon H / Paul G match up. Those things will get talked about a lot. We need to look inside here tonight I think. And we have to have a good game from Enes tonight, playing with Trey for his first time as a starter should help. At the very least, he has to start making some of the easy shots that the guards are creating for him. If he can't then that's going to be a problem.

The starters have been announced and here are what the teams look like (updated for injuries).

Starters G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG Starters G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
PG George Hill 15 33.2 12.3 3.5 4.3 1.1 0.6 PG Trey Burke 7 25.7 12.6 3.4 3.4 0.9 0.0
SG Lance Stephenson 18 35.1 12.0 6.7 5.1 0.7 0.2 SG Gordon Hayward 19 36.8 16.9 5.5 5.0 1.3 0.5
SF Paul Goerge 18 36.3 24.9 5.9 3.4 2.2 0.4 SF Richard Jefferson 19 28.9 10.0 2.8 1.9 0.6 0.3
PF David West 18 30.1 12.6 7.4 2.8 1.0 1.1 PF Derrick Favors 19 32.5 13.2 9.7 1.5 1.3 1.3
C Roy Hibbert 18 30.7 12.4 9.1 1.3 0.3 3.4 C Enes Kanter 18 29.1 12.4 6.4 0.9 0.1 0.6
Bench G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG Bench G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
6 C.J. Watson 17 20.9 6.4 1.6 2.1 0.6 0.1 6 Alec Burks 19 26.6 11.4 2.6 2.5 0.9 0.3
7 Luis Scola 18 18.5 8.0 4.4 0.8 0.4 0.3 7 John Lucas III 17 21.1 5.4 1.4 1.6 0.3 0.0
8 Ian Mahinmi 17 15.5 2.8 3.1 0.1 0.5 0.8 8 Diante Garrett 10 15.8 4.5 0.9 3.3 0.9 0.0
9 Orlando Johnson 18 12.8 4.1 1.9 0.7 0.2 0.1 9 Mike Harris 13 12.5 4.0 1.8 0.3 0.9 0.3
10 Donald Sloan 8 9.6 3.5 1.9 1.3 0.5 0.0 10 Rudy Gobert 13 11.8 2.5 4.8 0.2 0.3 0.8
Injured G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG Injured G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
x Danny Granger -- -- -- -- -- -- -- x Marvin Williams 13 26.0 10.4 5.2 1.1 0.8 0.4
x Jeremy Evans 7 19.0 8.3 4.4 1.1 1.0 0.9

Indy has balance and defense. Our team has firepower and unpredictability. This game may not look winnable, but the odds and chaos don't usually agree with one another. Chaos is truly on our side. Tyrone Corbin may look like he's lost at times, and Frank Vogel has won a lot, but on any given Sunday you can either win or, crap, wait, tonight is Wednesday? Okay, well, maybe fate can make an exception tonight and the Jazz can continue their winning streak. We're aiming for three in a row. Aim for the best. And right now in the NBA the Pacers are just that.

GO JAZZ GO!

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