Indiana Pacers (1-1) host Sacramento Kings (0-2)
No time like tonight to put away last night’s bad loss to the Charlotte Bobcats for the Pacers. Heck as a fan I still remember last year’s early season loss to the Kings, so it would be great to avenge that loss for the Pacers. They’re a team that wants to contend this year, and going against a winless team like the Kings, they need to get the job done tonight.
Looking over the match up in my pre-season preview, I know the Pacers can out play the Kings if they can do some things, like feeding the post. With as good as David West has been, and with as good as Roy Hibbert can be, it would be great for the Pacers to feed those guys the ball, and let them get some offense going. David West has stepped up in the absence of Danny Granger, and I would love to see him have a great game at home to get the crowd going. Roy Hibbert got a big contract this summer, and now’s the time to be showing he’s worth it.
The bench players played a big role in keeping the Pacers in last night’s game, and hopefully they can continue that trend. Consistency is the word for this team as they need consistent play from their bench players in Tyler Hansbrough and even Lance Stephenson. Last night, both guys led the team in scoring with 15 points. If both guys can get around 10 points a game, that would be ideal. So last night’s efforts were above and beyond what I thought they could do. Stephenson shot the ball well, which needs to happen again this evening.
But really the starters of the Pacers need to do their part as well. George Hill is going to need help on defense as he plays through that hip pointer injury. Paul George needs to step up and become an aggressive scorer. Gerald Green has been inserted into the starting lineup, so we’ll have to see what he can provide for the team. I’ve talked about West and Hibbert as we know what they can do, it’s time to give them that chance to do it. There’s no reason, this game should be that close tonight as the Pacers are the better team. The better team wins the game going away.