The Other Side: Indiana Pacers
Like the Wizards, Indiana (1-3) has been dealing with injuries early in the season, with Mike Dunleavy still recovering from right knee surgery and Troy Murphy going down on Tuesday with a bruised lower back. The Pacers are coming off their first win of the season, defeating the New York Knicks, 101-89, on Wednesday. Here's what else you need to know about the Pacers.
1. This is a special night in Indianapolis as the Pacers will have a special tribute to the late Mel Simon, who with his brother Herb bought the team in 1983 and made sure it didn't leave. Indiana will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of Conseco Fieldhouse, which is one of, if not the coziest basketball venues in the NBA. Unfortunately for the Wizards, it's also a place where they haven't had much success lately. The Pacers have won the past three games at home against the Wizards, including a 124-115 win in their last meeting in April.
2. Danny Granger wants to be a winner now that he's been an all-star. Until then, his leadership will be questioned. Granger has been slumping since opening the season with 31 points against Atlanta. The past three games, he's shooting 35.2 percent while averaging 20.3 points. He averaged 29 points against the Wizards last season.
3. Former Georgetown center Roy Hibbert might be developing into a low-post presence for the Pacers. He's coming off the first two double-doubles of his career and averaging 10.8 points and 10.3 rebounds.
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