Pacers vs. Warriors: What to watch for

Pacers vs. Warriors: What to watch for
December 1, 2012, 8:26 pm
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Programming note: Pacers-Warriors coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 7 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live. Stick around after the final buzzer for Warriors Postgame Live!

The Warriors will try to build on their recent good play onSaturday night when they play the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena.The Warriors have won four of their past five games and area season-high three games over .500 at 9-6. The Warriors are tied with the L.A.Clippers atop the Pacific Division and the No. 4 seed in the WesternConference.The Pacers also have won four of five to turn around atroubling start and push their record to .500. Theyre coming off a 97-92 winat Sacramento on Friday and have begun their four-game Western trip withconsecutive wins.Here are some things to watch for during Saturdays gamebetween the Pacers and Warriors:Continue to rebound: If theres been onesurprising aspect to the Warriors start this season its been their ability towin rebounding battles.Roy Hibbert is one of the biggest centers in the league andDavid West is among the NBAs toughest power forwards, which means the Warriorswill have their hands full up front.But Golden State has evened out any size deficiencies with agang-rebounding mentality that has served them well. In the Warriors last win, for example, shooting guard KlayThompson had a career-high nine rebounds against Denver.Limit turnovers: The Warriors have gottenaway with some sloppy play at times this season as theyre among the worstteams when it comes to committing turnovers.Against a team such as Indiana, which doesnt mind playing aslower style that limits possessions, its important to get as many possessionsand shots as possible.Point guard Stephen Curry is coming off his firstdouble-digit assist game of the season with 10 against Denver but over thecourse of the season his assist-to-turnover ratio has not been a strength.For the Warriors to continue to grow and continue to win,Curry and his teammates are going to have to start taking better care of theball.Take advantage of schedule: There are noautomatic wins or automatic losses in the NBA, but at the same time there aregames on the schedule that can favor one team over another.Saturdays game would seem to favor the Warrior, what withthe Pacers on a West Coast road swing and coming off a game on Friday nightagainst the Kings. The Warriors, on the other hand, didnt play on Friday andshould be well-rested.

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