Last week, the
The Lakers should have
The Pacers are mostly healthy, although veteran guard
The Pacers originally experimented with All-Star
Now George plays in his natural small forward position, where he'll match up against Bryant.
On the season, George is leading his team at 23.4 points a game on the season, while hitting 38.9% from three-point range. He's also at 7.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists nightly.
Over Bryant's past four games, he's averaged 28.3 points, helping the Lakers win two of four.
Additionally, George is a high-level defensive player -- a true challenge for Bryant.
After a slow start in his first year with the Pacers, guard
The veteran is not much of an outside threat, hitting just 30.6% from behind the three-point line, but he can explode for big scoring nights if not properly checked.
Meanwhile, Turner has scored at least eight points in each of his last 13 games, with spikes at 20, 25 and 31.
If Hibbert is unable to play for the Lakers, Robert Sacre might get the start, although Coach Byron Scott could turn to Brandon Bass or Tarik Black.
The Pacers have not won consistently recently, but at a higher clip than the Lakers. Look for the Lakers to drop their second-straight game on Monday night.