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Will Galen
01-16-2006, 01:21 PM

GAME: Indiana Pacers (20-15) at New Jersey Nets (19-15).
TIME: Monday, 3:30 p.m. EST.

The Indiana Pacers are used to playing with an unsettled lineup.

Indiana could again be without Jermaine O'Neal when it visits the suddenly slumping New Jersey Nets.

O'Neal, who missed Indiana's first three games this month because of a bout with pneumonia, went down with a sprained ankle in the Pacers' 91-89 win at Chicago on Saturday. He suffered the injury with 6:46 left in the second quarter and never returned to the bench.

Stephen Jackson picked up the slack by scoring 21 of his 29 points in the second half, and also delivered a key assist to Anthony Johnson with 3.9 seconds remaining to send the short-handed Pacers to their fourth victory in six games.

With the score tied at 89 with 8.7 seconds to go, Indiana called a timeout. As time ticked down, Jackson held the ball on the left side and then found a cutting Johnson for the winning basket.

"This team has been through all kinds of situations. Jermaine's been out, Jamaal (Tinsley) been out. This team has learned to deal with anything," Jackson said. "Guys don't worry about who's out there. We know how to compete."

Forward Ron Artest has been inactive for the last month after demanding to be traded.

"We're ready to fill whatever roll necessary," Pacers forward Austin Croshere said.

The Nets won 10 straight from Dec. 16-Jan. 8, but have since lost three in a row, including a 110-77 defeat to Dallas in the finale of a four-game road trip on Saturday.

New Jersey began the trip with a victory over Toronto before dropping the last three games by an average of 16.7 points.

"We've had three tough games in a row," Vince Carter said. "We didn't bring our 'A' game. We didn't even bring our 'B' game."

Carter had 17 points Saturday after a 14-point performance against Memphis on Friday. He hasn't scored less than 20 points in three consecutive games since November.

New Jersey could also be without one of its best players as forward Richard Jefferson has missed the last two games with a back injury. Jefferson is second on the Nets in scoring with 18.5 points per game, and leads the team with 7.3 rebounds a contest.

Indiana has won five of the last seven meetings in this series.

STANDINGS: Pacers - 2nd place (tied), 9 GB, Central Division. Nets - 1st place, Atlantic Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Pacers - F O'Neal or Croshere, F Danny Granger, C David Harrison, G Jackson, G Johnson. Nets - F Carter, F Jason Collins, C Nenad Krstic, G Jason Kidd, G Jacque Vaughn.

TEAM LEADERS: Pacers - O'Neal, 21.4 ppg and 9.7 rpg; Tinsley, 5.4 apg. Nets - Carter, 25.2 ppg; Jefferson, 7.3 rpg; Kidd, 7.9 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Pacers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 11; Pacers, 102-90. At Indianapolis, Johnson scored 15 of his 19 points in the third period, shooting 7-of-8 from the field, to help lead the Pacers to the win.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Pacers - 9-10 on the road; Nets - 10-6 at home.

Lord Helmet
01-16-2006, 01:27 PM
We need to start getting some wins.

A good streak is what we need, and I think we will win today. Just have a feeling.

01-16-2006, 01:57 PM
Tivo is set since I probably wont be able to watch it live

01-16-2006, 02:51 PM
Thank god for Tivo Season Pass

01-16-2006, 02:55 PM
no JO? the nets got killed the other night but have been playing really well as of recent. We have to step up the intensity.