Previewing the Pacers

After a beat-down of the lowly Clippers two nights ago, the Magic travel to Indiana to play the Pacers. While this is an easy win on paper, Indiana is a small step up from LA and it will be interesting to see if they take the same mentality as the Clippers in making Anthony Johnson hurt them. Orlando is 3-0 against Indiana this year. Indiana Pacers: 19-31 (13th in Eastern Conference) Magic vs. Pacers Overall Series Regular Season: 34-39; 22-15 home, 12-24 road Postseason: 4-6; 4-2 home, 0-4 road (1994 first round, 1995 conference finals) Magic vs. Pacers in 2008-09 (3-0) January 27: Magic 135 – Pacers 111 November 29: Magic 110 – Pacers 96 November 21: Magic 100 – Pacers 98 Pacers Starting Lineup (and season averages) PG: T.J. Ford – 6’0, 165 – 5th year, Texas 14.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.1 BPG, 2.26 TOPG (.444 FG%, .328 3P%, .878 FT%) SG: Mike Dunleavy – 6’9, 230 – 7th year, Duke 16.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 2.19 TOPG (.409 FG%, .369 3P%, .803 FT%) SF: Danny Granger – 6’8, 228 – 4th year, New Mexico 25.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 2.57 TOPG (.438 FG%, .395 3P%, .879 FT%) PF: Troy Murphy – 6’11, 245 – 8th year, Notre Dame 12.3 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 1.42 TOPG (.449 FG%, .426 3P%, .786 FT%) C: Jeff Foster – 6’11, 250 – 10th year, Texas State 6.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 1.39 TOPG (.527 FG%, .333 3P%, .636 FT%) Where They Rank PPG: 4th (104.62) OPPG: 28th (106.98) FG%: 17th (0.451) 3P%: 16th (0.368) FT%: 6th (0.805) APG: 3rd (22.78) RPG: 2nd (43.52) BPG: 11th (5.04) SPG: 19th (7.00) TOPG: 23rd (15.22) FPG: 28th (23.72) PPG = Points Per Game; OPPG = Opponent’s Points Per Game; FG% = Field Goal Percentage; 3P% = 3-Point Percentage; FT% = Free Throw Percentage; APG = Assists Per Game; RPG = Rebounds Per Game; BPG = Blocks Per Game; SPG = Steals Per Game; TOPG = Turnovers Per Game; FPG = Fouls Per Game Tidbits For the next two games, Anthony Johnson will be playing against two of his former teams. The veteran journeyman played for the Pacers for three years, from 2003-2006. For the Nets, he helped them reach back-to-back NBA Finals during his two year stint in 2002 and 2003. The Magic can easily handle the Pacers, but the key will be to hit their shots. With how awful of a defensive team Indiana is, Orlando is sure to get a lot of open looks. But if they are cold, the Pacers are one of the best rebounding teams in the league as well as one of the highest scoring. In any event, I’d expect the score to be much like the one on Wednesday: big.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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