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Brooklyn Nets at Indiana Pacers Live Game Thread: Just. Win.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Detroit Pistons Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (40-40) at Indiana Pacers (47-33)

WHAT: So, last night was stressful, huh? And it’s safe to say tonight against the Pacers isn’t going to be any less stressful. Nets have the playoffs in sight. Just need to win.

WHERE: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

WHEN: 5:00 p.m. EST

HOW: YES, FSUND; NBA League Pass

THE STORY: Game Preview

The Pacers have been mind-blowingly impressive this season, mostly due to their sustained excellence in the face of the Victor Oladipo’s season-ending injury. Kind of like how the Nets were able to make a playoff push after the LeVert injury. Two teams who play hard and together as a cohesive unit in order to overcome their lack of a superstar. Fun stuff! The Pacers, however, are a little more veteran than the young Nets, and have enough talent to currently be the fifth seed in the East after sitting at four for much of the year.

Since the Oladipo injury, former Net legend Bojan Bogdanovic has stepped up in his place, scoring 20.9 points per game on 50/40/80 shooting. This has easily been his best season in the NBA. Not only is he a focal point and lead scorer on a playoff team, but also becoming a leader in the absence of his teams best player. Bojan is a free agent at the end of the season, and at 29 years old he will certainly be looking for one last big cashout before he exits his prime. He’s clearly shown hes a playoff-starter caliber player right now, and hopefully some teams are going to recognize that (unlike the Wizards). Especially in a year where a bunch of franchises are going to swing and miss at the big names.

For more on the Pacers, check out: Indy Cornrows