NBA Regular Season Game #20:
Indiana Pacers (16-2) @ Utah Jazz (4-15)
Can G-Time evolve into Miller Time, and beat the Pacers?
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).
|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|
|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|
|x||Danny Granger||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||x||Marvin Williams||13||26.0||10.4||5.2||1.1||0.8||0.4|
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.