Who: Memphis Grizzlies at Indiana Pacers
When: Saturday, October 18, 2012 – 6:00 PM CST
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Records: Memphis (3-2), Indiana (2-2)
Media: No TV, 92.9 FM, 680 AM
Forums: 3SOB Forum, Grizzlies Message Board
Memphis persisted, or should I say grinded, out a tough win in LaCrosse Wisconsin Thursday night defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 97-94. The Grizzlies won in the second game of a back to back series (having lost in Houston the night before) and playing without Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Tony Allen and Quincy Pondexter. This is the 3rd game in 4 nights and the team will likely be short-handed again giving fan favorites such as Hamed Haddadi and Josh Selby even more time to earn minutes in the regular season rotation.
Indiana has rebuilt their team in a similar image of the Grizzlies over the last two seasons. The new look Pacers are going to be tougher and more physical than previous season with Center Roy Hibbert joined by David West, Tyler Hansbrough and newly acquired Ian Mahinmi from Dallas giving the Pacers one of the largest and toughest combinations at PF and C in the league. The backcourt has newly acquired D J Augustin filling in for George Hill while Hill recovers from an injured thumb and Paul George. Indiana lost Friday night in Orlando.
What to Watch For:
This is a coming home party for two Grizzlies players. Mike Conley was raised in Indianapolis and gained his first taste of fame teaming with Greg Oden to form a powerful inside-outside combo at Lawrence North High school. Zach Randolph is from Marion, Indiana as well and has many strong ties to the city. Randolph is expected to play in this game despite missing the Bucks game as is Gasol. Memphis is wanting to continue a history of strong pre-season performances going 11-3 since 2010 in pre-season contests. The Grizzlies will have to do it without Tony Allen, Darrell Arthur or Tony Wroten who will all miss the game with various injuries. Wayne Ellington has been making the most of Tony’s absence showing range the Grizzlies have missed in recent years. Josh Selby has continued his hot shooting from summer league as well but both players will it difficult against the 6-8 George tonight.
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