Indiana Pacers (2-3)
Minnesota Timberwolves (3-1)
Well there’s a simple statement the Pacers should be chanting to themselves tonight, finish the game. After losing in the final minutes to Atlanta on Wednesday night after holding a lead of at least 14 points, the Pacers have to come out tonight, play hard the whole game, and finish the game on a high note. So far this Pacers season, it’s not been the high note we fans have expected. There’s been a couple of wins, and there should have been a win on Wednesday.
The Pacers will have to come play strong to stand up to the fight of the Timberwolves. It might be a fight tonight as Kevin Love has stated he doesn’t like the Pacers, and he might be bringing something extra tonight. Good thing, we’ve got tough man David West there to battle him out if things get testy. I don’t know if that will happen, but with this Pacer team on edge, it could get to chippy play. That won’t do the Pacers any favors as they need to come play their own game and actually finish this road trip with one win.
Rebounding once again is the story for this game. Kevin Love is a ridiculous rebounder who seems to grab every one. There will have to be a body on him, and make sure he doesn’t give the Timberwolves too many extra chances. West and Love should be a marquee match up to watch.
Another position battle to keep an eye on is the point guard one as George Hill battles it out with Ricky Rubio. Rubio started to come into his own last season until an injury hit him. He could really torch the Pacers tonight if Hill isn’t on his best defense tonight. Point guards have been hurting this Pacers team, and with someone as good as Rubio, that could be a struggle tonight.
Ultimately, the Pacers have to recapture that magic that took them to a 20-3 run in the third quarter Wednesday night to get a good lead. Build up a lead tonight and put the Timberwolves away. With the Pacers struggling to find that rhythm yet, I expect another close game. If the Pacers can pull off the win, it would probably be around the 2-5 point range. I can see the Pacers doing this if they just play that way that I know they can. Once again, they can get momentum going tonight, and let’s use this Blue Collar Gold Swagger motto for what it’s worth.