Short-handed teams are desperate, and desperate teams can be dangerous.
That’s exactly the case for the Indiana Pacers tonight. The 2013-14 Eastern Conference runners-up to Miami, the Pacers have already been without Paul George, George Hill, David West, and CJ Watson for the entire season. The first three were starters on last season’s No. 1 seed in the East, and Watson was the backup point guard.
Now, Indiana could be doing battle without Roy Hibbert, CJ Miles, and Rodney Stuckey, each of whom are questionable for tonight’s game. Hibbert is widely regarded as one of the best defensive centers in basketball, Miles always plays well in Dallas, and Stuckey is a double-digit scorer.
The Pacers are going to be short a lot of talent tonight, whether or not the trio of questionable players all suit up. However, that isn’t to say it’s going to be an easy win. The Pacers are once again a top-10 defense. Under Frank Vogel, Indiana has always played a grind-it-out style on both ends of the floor in an attempt to keep the game in the 90s or even 80s.