By Matt Beardmore
Posted: Dec. 3, 2010
The Indiana Pacers are coming off one of their most uninspired efforts of the season. A matchup with the Phoenix Suns could give the Pacers some more fight.
Indiana looks to close its four-game western swing on a positive note Friday night while the Suns try to build some momentum as they open a home-heavy portion of their schedule.
Going for their season-high third straight victory following wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento, the Pacers (9-8) trailed by as many as 19 points in the first quarter of Wednesday's 110-88 loss to Utah.
"The Jazz are right in the hunt in the West and we're trying to get a playoff spot," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "There's a world of difference between their franchise and ours right now."