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Thread: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

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    Arrow 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

    DANCES WITH WOLVES!!!


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    Game Time Start: 8:00 PM EST
    Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
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    Radio: 1070 The Fan

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    C : Hibbert VS Jefferson
    PF: Dunleavy VS Love
    SF: Jones VS Wilkins
    SG: Head VS Brewer
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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

    Do we know if any injured players are coming back tonight?

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

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    Do we know if any injured players are coming back tonight?
    Per Jim O'Brien's radio show last night, Murphy probably, Jeff maybe, Tyler maybe.

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

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    Do we know if any injured players are coming back tonight?
    Not sure who's coming back but all 15 players practiced, and no one is listed as "out"

    http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/preview_100108.html

    With a roster nearing full strength for the first time in two years, the Pacers hope to build some momentum while snapping their road funk tonight (8 p.m., 1070 The Fan) as they go for the sweep against the slumping Timberwolves in Minnesota.

    All 15 players practiced Wednesday and Thursday, which might be the first time that's happened since Jim O'Brien's first season as head coach in 2007-08. No players are listed as definitely out for tonight's game, though Danny Granger (foot), Troy Murphy (ankle), Tyler Hansbrough (inner ear infection) and Jeff Foster (back) are listed as day-to-day.

    With so many injuries, O'Brien has used 13 starting lineups, five in the last six games.

    "When you have mass injuries like we've had and the roster changes so dramatically it feels like you've got to find how to best win with a certain new group," O'Brien said. "Just as that group starts to learn how to win, a new group comes, which I'm not going to complain about."

    The Pacers (10-23) have lost seven in a row and 13 of 14 on the road but rolled up their biggest lead of the year, 73-45 at halftime, in a 122-111 victory over the Timberwolves last Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Timberwolves rallied in the second half, getting as close as 115-111 in the final minute before a three-point play by Earl Watson iced the game.

    Minnesota (7-29) has lost five in a row, allowing an average of 111.8 points. The Timberwolves are 4-15 at home, where they've lost three in a row.

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    granger to return to the lineup tonight against the timberwolves
    Wells just tweeted.

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

    The night possibly everyone is available, and no damn TV, even on league pass. P#(*@#(*&!

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    The night possibly everyone is available, and no damn TV, even on league pass. P#(*@#(*&!
    Wow.

    That sucks.

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    Yeah,

    You're not gonna like this:

    http://twitter.com/Wells222/status/7527765253

    granger and murphy to start 2nite

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    The night possibly everyone is available, and no damn TV, even on league pass. P#(*@#(*&!
    No kidding, I went through the Directv guide looking for the NBA LP Twolves feed, and they don't even have one.

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

    Plus it's in Minny, so no firsthand impressions either.
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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

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    Plus it's in Minny, so no firsthand impressions either.
    A win is better then a loss. So that's an impression in my eyes

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

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    A win is better then a loss. So that's an impression in my eyes
    Get ready for disappointment, Murphy is playing.

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

    I'm so interested to see how lineups and rotations are handled tonight.

    Does Head still start next to Granger now? Dunleavy? What will J'Ob decide?

    We have 5 healthy wings players now.... how are the minutes going to look?

    With Murphy and Granger back AND starting, what's that mean for Roy's lost post touches?

    Will Danny benefit from the Watson and Price being the PGs? Will Danny be the guy we saw earlier this year, or the guy we saw last year?

    Does McBob still see the floor?

    So many questions to be answered.... and no televised game.....

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

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    Wells just tweeted.

    WHAT?!?!?!?

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

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    The night possibly everyone is available, and no damn TV, even on league pass. P#(*@#(*&!
    EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!

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    I'm so interested to see how lineups and rotations are handled tonight.

    Does Head still start next to Granger now? Dunleavy? What will J'Ob decide?

    We have 5 healthy wings players now.... how are the minutes going to look?
    Personally, I'd move Dahntay and Junior to the bench in this case. My initial reaction would be to take Danny's minutes (assuming they're limited) from Head and Dunleavy, but Rush will likely take the hit.

    Also, you'd have to wonder if playing Head some at point might be considered, which would squeeze AJ. Danny playing some 4 is another outlet for minutes.

    With Murphy and Granger back AND starting, what's that mean for Roy's lost post touches?
    Granger will almost certainly take touches from everyone. I would have preferred that he two come back separately, to better gauge the each' impact.

    Will Danny benefit from the Watson and Price being the PGs? Will Danny be the guy we saw earlier this year, or the guy we saw last year?
    We won't know this for a couple of weeks, minimum.

    Does McBob still see the floor?
    Not holding my breath.

    So many questions to be answered.... and no televised game.....
    Only little questions get answered tonight...all the big one will linger and linger.

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    Let me restate, what's the rotation tonight?
    The names are going in the hat as we speak.

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

    I'm actually completely for Danny at the 4 now, especially against Minnesota.

    You could actually have Danny guard Jefferson and Murphy on Love.

    Ya I wonder what Granger's pitch count will be. 18 minutes probably, I'd guess.

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    I'm actually completely for Danny at the 4 now, especially against Minnesota.

    You could actually have Danny guard Jefferson and Murphy on Love.

    Ya I wonder what Granger's pitch count will be. 18 minutes probably, I'd guess.
    Ummm...and where is Roy?

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    Ummm...and where is Roy?
    Right, no my mistake, this is actually the golden goose I'm after....

    Seeing Roy have one of his very very good games with Murphy on the floor. It doesn't seem like this has happened this year.
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    Also, you'd have to wonder if playing Head some at point might be considered, which would squeeze AJ. Danny playing some 4 is another outlet for minutes.
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    Why do peole keep wanting to see this.

    Shooting guards, especially a shooting guard who doesn't see the court well and doesn't pass much, at point guard is NOT a good idea. Ever. Just because you can dribble it doesn't make you a point guard.

    Head has been excellent, an excellent scorer. Keep it that way.

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

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    Right, no my mistake, this is actually the golden goose I'm after....

    Seeing Roy have one of his very very good games with Murphy on the floor. It doesn't seem like this has happened this year.
    Okay, Roy and Murphy has had two good games, in the same game this year. Against the Nets and Spurs on 12-11 and 12/19.

    Otherwise, it looks like a directly correlated thing if you compare Roy's numbers with and without Troy.

    Count55, can you work your magic/do you have the numbers for Roy when playing with and without Troy, by chance?

    I'd actually put the two games that Troy got hurt in, in the "didn't play with Troy" category (both good games by Roy btw). Troy play 16 and 19 minutes when he hurt his back and ankle respectively on 11-3 and 12-29, I believe.

    Both of those dates also mark the two best stretches for Roy this year by far.

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

    Tweet

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    Interesting RT @Wells222 Granger's minutes not limited. Watson, Head, Granger, Murphy and Hibbert to start vs. struggling T-Wolves

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    Default Re: 01/08/2010 Game Thread #35: Pacers at Timberwolves

    I can live with that (though I'm fine with us "pulling a TJ" with Murphy). I was afraid Mike was going to be the "guard".

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    Right, no my mistake, this is actually the golden goose I'm after....

    Seeing Roy have one of his very very good games with Murphy on the floor. It doesn't seem like this has happened this year.
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