For the Indiana Pacers, things have been going pretty good, I guess. I mean, they gave the San Antonio Spurs a major battle and they really had to fight, unlike some other games Indiana sometimes had against them. But they played very well, including that so called “Big Three” of theirs containing Roy Hibbert, Darren Collison, and Danny Granger; as all of them were very efficient and productive in the season-opener.
Their game tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats on the road will not be an easy one. The Bobcats are just coming off a 44-38 performance last season, finally reaching a post-season berth for the first team. They got head coach Larry Brown back as well as also having the great Michael Jordan as the owner of the team. Charlotte is also coming off a loss, but they look to hopefully win at home.
Coming off a 101-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, so far the Pacers look better than Charlotte. For me, I have a win coming in. Real talk. Even if Charlotte was 4-1 against Indiana last season, so what? Last year was last year. Indiana can change this season and start off 1-1, getting to .500 like they need to for the season. The Bobcats have been struggling and are frustrated.
“With everybody having the taste of the playoffs last year, I think the drive is here and everybody wants to get back there,” veteran swingman Stephen Jackson told the Bobcats’ official website.
Roy Hibbert has struggled versus the Charlotte Bobcats as he totaled up 32 points and 18 rebounds in six games versus them. However, he is just coming off a 28-point, nine-rebound performance in the last game, and as he is in for a breakout season, I see a breakout game against a struggling Charlotte defense.
Both teams have been pretty sloppy with turnovers. The Pacers endured this problem a lot last year, going up to average 15 per game. They came off real bad with a 23-turnover performance. They hope to improve on that tonight in North Carolina.
“Our main focus now is turnovers,” Granger told the Pacers’ official website. “We knew before the game that if we turned the ball over, especially 23 times, that we were going to lose. “That’s the way it is as we simply can’t turn the ball over that many times. That’s going to be our biggest challenge this year.”
Darren Collison, with the New Orleans Hornets last season, averaged 24 points per game in two contests against Charlotte. He hopes to do great against them today, as he was just coming off a 19-point, seven-assists performance.
My key match-up for today will be Danny Granger versus Gerald Wallace. Looks to be a fun match-up as both are All-Stars. Both are rising stars in the league and look to be in for a fight tonight against each other.