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Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards: Regular Season Game 21 Open Thread

The Essentials:

Pacers (7-13) vs. Wizards (7-13)
7:00 p.m.
Verizon Center
Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Notable Pacers numbers this season

24th in expected winning percentage (.364)
2nd in pace (97.1 possessions per game)
26th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (100.1)
9th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (104.2)

Pre-game links

Indy Cornrows, SB Nation's Pacers Blog
Eight Points, Nine Seconds, an Indiana Pacers blog
Pacers Insider with Mike Wells, Indy Star
GameDay Pacers

Tonight's Projected Starters
Pacers vs. Wizards
T.J. Ford
PG Gilbert Arenas
Brandon Rush
SG Nick Young
DeShawn Stevenson
Dahntay Jones
SF Caron Butler
Troy Murphy
PF Antawn Jamison
Roy Hibbert
C Brendan Haywood

I have a friend in town, so I'm going to tonight's game as fan (section 409), so no postgame quotes tonight. I'm also not immediately posting a postgame thread (Jake or Rook might, but not me).

Indiana is normally a bad team. They are now a bad team without their best player, Danny Granger, for an extended period of time. They are also a bad team that played last night in Indiana, while the Wizards didn't. There really are no excuses for a flat performance tonight.

Of course, it's worth noting that a) the Wizards have already lost to this team (with Granger, but without Troy Murphy) and b) the Pacers play a very odd style (fast-paced, but bad on offense and good on defense) that can be tough to deal with. Of course, talent needs to win out, so those aren't excuses. Get it done, guys.