INDIANAPOLIS (Sporting Alert) — The Indiana Pacers will be without forward Lance Stephenson when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night at Bankers Life Field house.

Event: Live Streaming Coverage: ESPN/
Date and Time: 7:00 PM ET, February 7, 2014
Place: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

Stephenson, who who is averaging 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds so far this season, is carrying a lower back injury that he suffered in Indiana’s 89-85 win over Atlanta on Tuesday.

Danny Granger will now start for him Friday night against the Trail Blazers.

Granger will join George Hill at the guard positions, while Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert complete the starting five for the Pacers (38-10).

Indiana will be hoping to continue to keep things tight at their end of the court, after coming into tonight’s contest allowing a league-low 93.9 points per 100 possessions this season.

Indiana Team: George Hill (PG) Danny Granger (SG) Paul George (SF) David West (PF) Roy Hibbert (C)

Portland Team: Damian Lillard (PG) Wesley Matthews (SG) Nicolas Batum (SF) LaMarcus Aldridge (PF) Robin Lopez (C)


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