Okay, so much for the easy schedule... or is it? The Indiana Pacers travel to Brooklyn to take on the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center today at 6 P.M. EST. The 23-14 Pacers boast the best record in the Central Division and the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, just ahead of the 21-15 Nets.

But tonight's game is a bit more of a crapshoot, with both teams dealing with various injuries. For the Nets, Gerald Wallace is out with bruised ribs, Deron Williams is questionable with a right quad contusion, Kris Humphries is a game-time decision with a sore ankle, and Mirza Teletovic & Joe Johnson are both probable with various illnesses. The Pacers' injury list is much shorter but still devastating: they will likely be without starting small forward & both-ends-of-the-floor fulcrum Paul George, who's been battling the flu.

To help us understand just what's going on out in Indiana, I'm joined by the always-excellent Jared Wade. Jared is the managing editor of Eight Points, Nine Seconds, an Indiana Pacers blog, ESPN TrueHoop Affiliate, and go-to site for all things Pacers.

Onward!

Devin: There's a report that Paul George may not play after getting the flu. How important is he to the Pacers' success, and how does your confidence change with him in or out?

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Pacers forward Paul George will miss tonight's game against the Charlotte Bobcats and his status for tomorrow's game in Brooklyn against the Brooklyn Nets is uncertain, the Pacers director of media relations announced today.

George is arguably the Pacers' best player, averaging 16.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in 36.6 minutes per game. He is a major part of Indiana's league-best defense, and ranks second on the team in PER & effective field goal percentage. George has shot 64% from the field and 56% from deep in seven games against the Nets, though never against Brooklyn.

This would come as welcome news to the Nets, who will be without starting forward Gerald Wallace with bruised ribs, and may also be down Deron Williams with a quad contusion.