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.