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Let’s watch the In Season Tournament Finals!

With Possible Liveblogging like it’s 2005!

NBA: In Season Tournament-Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks
Tyrese’s Tourney!
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Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Lakers

Saturday, December 9, 2023 @ 7:30pm CST

Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada


Radio: ESPN Radio

Online: ESPN/ABC/Disney Empire

Probable Starting Lineups

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Love, Bruce Brown, Obi Wan Toppin, Myles “Still A Pacer” Turner

Lakers: D’Angelope Russell, Cam Redidish, Taurean “The Bull” Prince, LeBron James, Anthony Day-to-Davis

This game features breakout NBA, and NBA Tourney star Tyrese Haliburton and Rick Carlisle’s record breaking, free scoring, defense optional, Indiana Pacers against LeBron James and the Large Lakers.

James and Day-To-Davis are listed as Day-to-Day but of course they’re playing in this showcase game.

The game is interesting for several reasons. One, it’s the first In Season Tournament Final, and the decks are clear for this games, sports-wise in the USA. There’s no college football, pro football, or other NBA games happening. I’m not sure what soccer and hockey are doing, and I suppose they count, too.

Two, this tournament has given us some NCAA March Madness flavor in the early, largely obscure, portion of the NBA season. Indiana isn’t a team that I’d think could be the Lakers in a seven game series. The Lakers sheer size and physicality would simply wear Indiana down, I think. But in a one game, winner take all, format? Who knows? Tyrese Haliburton, well on his way to become a household name amongst those who care about basketball, might light the Lakers up for 150.

On the other hand, don’t count out the almost 39 year old LeBron James, who loves hamming it up in big moments and really, truly, would like to add the first NBA Tourney crown to his collection of accolades, especially in the town where he intends to own an NBA team, Las Vegas.

This one should be a lot of fun. Who knows, maybe a fey burst of energy will overtake me and I’ll liveblog the game as it happens? UPDATE - Sadly, no, as illness has come to my household.


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