San Antonio Spurs (3-0)
Indiana Pacers (2-1)
The Indiana Pacers will get their first test of the season in playing the San Antonio Spurs, who are always a contender in the Western Conference. The Spurs got the better of last year’s match up and this season should be a fun one to watch. Both teams look to be contenders. Both teams use that whole team concept when approaching the game. You could give the Spurs the slight edge with the play of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.
Tony Parker and George Hill should be the player match up to watch as Hill is fighting through his hip injury. There were times during Saturday’s game against the Kings, where Hill looked visibly in pain. Even holding on to his side, and not able to move as quickly. With such a great point guard as Parker is, if Hill can’t keep up with him, the rest of the Pacers will have to step up defensively.
I do wonder who will take the defensive task of guarding Tim Duncan. I don’t think West is tall enough to stay with him, but they both play that power forward position. I would imagine Roy Hibbert gets the assignment, and that should be great for Hibbert to see where he stands against one of the all time greats. Tim Duncan is sticking around San Antonio for a few more years, and that’s great to see.
Overall, this should be a defensive battle. The Pacers have really upped their defensive play only 92 points a game. The Kings in Saturday’s loss couldn’t reach 100 even with 2 overtimes. So when the Pacers need to, they can lock down on defense. Tonight’s game will have to be that type of effort. The Pacers need one of those signature wins just to keep the momentum going of Saturday’s win. There’s two more road games coming up as well, so it would be nice to have that some winning streak running for those games.