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Ready for Indy

The Wizards will get their first glimpse at the new-look Pacers tonight at Verizon Center, and on paper at least, it appears to be an interesting matchup. The Pacers acquired F Al Harrington this summer and can team him with a pretty solid front line that includes C Jermaine O'Neal and SF Stephen Jackson. Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels are your men in the backcourt and Coach Rick Carlisle can dip into a solid bench that includes Darrell Armstrong, Danny Granger, former Maryland G Sarunas Jasikevicius and Jeff Foster.

Indy is 3-1 following last night's 97-86 home win over Philly and Carlisle has been working hard to get his guys to play better defense (sound familiar?) For a quick read on the state of the Pacers, read Indy Star beat writer Mike Wells .

The Pacers received a nice effort by reserve G Rawle Marshall, who came off the bench last night to score 16 points on 5 of 5 shooting.

Tonight's matchups will be interesting. Etan Thomas will get Jermaine O'Neal, Antawn Jamison will get Harrington, Caron Butler will check Stephen Jackson as he did last season, Gilbert Arenas and Tinsley will see a lot of one another and DeShawn Stevenson will be assigned to Daniels.

Carlisle has played Harrington some at C and used O'Neal at PF so don't be surprised if you see that and, like Eddie Jordan, Carlisle has gone to a smaller lineup at times when he wants to spread the floor and attack off the dribble. In Saturday's win over the Knicks, Carlisle used Armstrong and Jasikevicius together for the entire fourth quarter.

By Ivan Carter  |  November 8, 2006; 9:52 AM ET
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