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idioteque
01-02-2009, 10:24 PM
I found this little gem at the end of tonight's post game report. I know a report like this circulated at about this time last month and I really hope this one is true.

Associated Press
ESPN.com
http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=290102018



NEW YORK -- Jarrett Jack (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=2768) made a jumper with 0.9 seconds left and scored a season-high 29 points, and the Indiana Pacers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=ind) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 105-103 victory over the New York Knicks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=nyk) on Friday night.



Jack, who recently moved into the starting lineup, scored the Pacers' final six points to help them finally pull out a close game. The losses during their skid had come by a total of 12 points, and they nearly blew this one after leading by 11 in the second half.Al Harrington (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=308) scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half against his former team, and David Lee (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=2772) added 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks.The Knicks never led until a flurry of 10 straight points midway through the fourth quarter. Harrington scored the first four, and buckets by Lee and Wilson Chandler (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=3194) gave New York a 96-93 edge with 3:31 to play. After an Indiana timeout, Nate Robinson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=2782) drove past T.J. Ford (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=1979) for a five-point lead.The Pacers blocked two shots and forced a turnover on the Knicks' next three possessions, scoring six straight to regain the lead at 99-98 on Troy Murphy (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=1013)'s tip.Harrington gave the Knicks one more lead, but Jack knocked down a jumper, then made a layup on Indiana's next trip for a 103-100 advantage. Chandler's three-point play after a strong drive to the hoop tied it, but the Pacers calmly brought the ball down for Jack's go-ahead jumper.Robinson missed a tough 3-point try as time expired.Danny Granger (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=2760) scored 22 points, and Murphy added 15 points and 18 boards for the Pacers, who had been 0-8 on Fridays. They continued their recent dominance of the Knicks, having swept the series for the first time last season.Robinson finished with 15 points on just 4-of-14 shooting, while Chandler was 5-of-15 and scored 13. The Knicks have lost four straight at Madison Square Garden, where they haven't won since Dec. 7.Roy Hibbert (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=3436) made all four shots for eight points in the first quarter, helping Indiana build a 27-23 lead. The Pacers had a 53-44 advantage at halftime, with Jack making four of their seven
3-pointers.

Harrington scored 11 points in the third quarter, but the Knicks couldn't make much of a run, closing only to 83-77 entering the final period.

Game notes

Knicks president Donnie Walsh wasn't aware what discussions Stephon Marbury (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=509) was having with other teams, a day after ESPN.com reported the banished guard could end up in Boston. However, while the report said Marbury's ability to secure his release from the Knicks was a potential sticking point, Walsh seemed to indicate the delay in getting anything done was caused by Marbury, who has refused to give up much or any of his $20.8 million salary. "If it is (true), then that would seem to be motivation to try and talk," Walsh said of the report. "If you're going to do a buyout, then it takes two to tango." ... Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said Mike Dunleavy (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=1708), out all season with a right knee injury, could return within a week or so. Dunleavy must have wished he could play Friday: He had three 36-point games, matching his career high, against the Knicks last season. ... Chris Duhon (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=2377) received some mail from the White House: Two pictures featuring himself and first lady Laura Bush from when the Knicks guard spoke at the National Book Festival and the Library of Congress in the fall.

MillerTime
01-02-2009, 10:25 PM
ya they mentioned this in the game. They said the Dunleavy could return as early as next week with LIMITED mins. But who knows with JOB he would probably play Dunleavy extensive mins and Dunleavy re-injures his knee...I have no faith in JOB

pianoman
01-02-2009, 10:26 PM
:dance::dance::dance::dance:

grace
01-02-2009, 11:22 PM
I simply can't resist it.

Dunleavy will return within a week. In which week would that be? One in January, February, March, or April?

:duck:

:zip:

duke dynamite
01-02-2009, 11:25 PM
OMG THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!!

MillerTime
01-02-2009, 11:31 PM
Its only a possibility, but definately good news. Atleast we know that he is making progress with his knee.

pwee31
01-02-2009, 11:43 PM
woohoo

imawhat
01-02-2009, 11:51 PM
I hope it happens soon. Sounds like a real possibility.

CableKC
01-03-2009, 12:56 AM
You know where we are playing in a week right? The Pacers would be in Oakland on Sunday January 11th against the Warriors. I would hate for his return to the floor be on a really hostile court where he will appear VERY rusty.

I hope that he returns on the 14th when we return from our West Coast Road trip.

Jose Slaughter
01-03-2009, 02:15 AM
I think he has something to prove in Golden State. Plus, he would be away from the home town crowd that has seemed to make him our season savior. I think there would be far less pressure on him during a road game than here in Indy.

BRushWithDeath
01-03-2009, 02:17 AM
He won't be back by the 14th.

jhondog28
01-03-2009, 10:17 AM
I think he has something to prove in Golden State. Plus, he would be away from the home town crowd that has seemed to make him our season savior. I think there would be far less pressure on him during a road game than here in Indy.

Do not know if there would be less pressure at Oakland. They are not a great team, but guarantee you they would have a sell out to boo Dunleavy and to a smaller extent Murphy. Wow they really hate him. So personally I would love Dunleavy to get his first start in Indiana. I think Pacers fans are far more intelligent than most. I am sure they are not all saying he is the savior. More than likely they are hoping he helps the team win, which I think he will. He is a smart vet that this team desperately needs on the floor.

dlewyus
01-03-2009, 11:07 AM
I think he has something to prove in Golden State. Plus, he would be away from the home town crowd that has seemed to make him our season savior. I think there would be far less pressure on him during a road game than here in Indy.

:hmm: Just back from injury seems to be exactly the wrong time to try to prove something. The Warriers fans can wait and so can we at this point.

Anthem
01-03-2009, 11:12 AM
He won't be back by the 14th.
Agree. Obie said "A week or two" not "a week." Figure on three, and be excited if it's less than that.

MillerTime
01-03-2009, 11:19 AM
Agree. Obie said "A week or two" not "a week." Figure on three, and be excited if it's less than that.

the commentator from the NYK game said "as early as next week"

imawhat
01-03-2009, 01:48 PM
Agree. Obie said "A week or two" not "a week." Figure on three, and be excited if it's less than that.

I was in the camp that thought he probably needed surgery, but that has changed.

As far as we know, the only thing holding him back is conditioning. It's possible he could come back tonight (already cleared from more full-speed practicing than Travis is cleared for game time).

I just don't see Obie resisting the urge to play him before he's fully (conditioned) ready (also like Diener).

CableKC
01-03-2009, 02:52 PM
I think he has something to prove in Golden State. Plus, he would be away from the home town crowd that has seemed to make him our season savior. I think there would be far less pressure on him during a road game than here in Indy.

Uhh.....basically what they said:


:hmm: Just back from injury seems to be exactly the wrong time to try to prove something. The Warriers fans can wait and so can we at this point.


Do not know if there would be less pressure at Oakland. They are not a great team, but guarantee you they would have a sell out to boo Dunleavy and to a smaller extent Murphy. Wow they really hate him. So personally I would love Dunleavy to get his first start in Indiana. I think Pacers fans are far more intelligent than most. I am sure they are not all saying he is the savior. More than likely they are hoping he helps the team win, which I think he will. He is a smart vet that this team desperately needs on the floor.

I don't know how much pressure there is to return to the court against the Warriors.....but I can tell you that the Golden State crowd is a VERY HOSTILE crowd that HATES Dunleavy. Think Artest's 1st return to Indy x10. I just didn't want him to play his first game on the road against a very hostile crowd when he will be very rusty. Not that he isn't a Professional and can't handle it, I just don't see the need to rush him back while on the road most notably in against a running Team. I would much rather him return to a friendlier Home Crowd that would welcome him back.

NuffSaid
01-03-2009, 03:05 PM
I just don't see Obie resisting the urge to play him (Dunleavy) before he's fully (conditioned) ready (also like Diener).
If you're saying what I think you're saying then I agree. I think JOB and the training staff learned a huge lesson from last year in how they rushed JO back only to have to sit him soon after his return to the court. They'll play Dunleavy's return real cautiously and won't rush it. He won't be back until he can go atleast 15-20 minutes. To read that he's been doing 30 min 3-on-3 drills is a very good sign that he's real close to getting back out on the court. To that, I'd have to agree with the commentators that he'll be back sooner rather than later - within a week.

d_c
01-03-2009, 03:07 PM
I don't know how much pressure there is to return to the court against the Warriors.....but I can tell you that the Golden State crowd is a VERY HOSTILE crowd that HATES Dunleavy. Think Artest's 1st return to Indy x10.

They're more of just a loud crowd than a hostile one. They're hostile to Dunleavy, but that's about it, LOL. I can't think of any other individual player in the league that gets anywhere near the treatment that Dunleavy gets from Warrior fans. Consider that (ex-Warriors) Jason Richardson got a huge ovation when he came back and Antawn Jamison stills gets very generous rounds of applause every trip back as well.

As for really hostile crowds, see Utah.....They were the fans throwing stuff on the court after a playoff game against the Spurs after they were unhappy with the officiating. And that happened post Artest Brawl. That would have gotten a lot of press if was anywhere else (Detroit, Chicago, Philly,NY, LA, etc..).

CableKC
01-03-2009, 03:43 PM
I would much have a more healthy Dunleavy return in early February so that we can get as many minutes for BRush to develop before he is relegated to garbage minutes for the rest of the season than rush Dunleavy back in a week or two before he is fully healthy.

BRushWithDeath
01-03-2009, 05:30 PM
If you're saying what I think you're saying then I agree. I think JOB and the training staff learned a huge lesson from last year in how they rushed JO back only to have to sit him soon after his return to the court. They'll play Dunleavy's return real cautiously and won't rush it. He won't be back until he can go atleast 15-20 minutes. To read that he's been doing 30 min 3-on-3 drills is a very good sign that he's real close to getting back out on the court. To that, I'd have to agree with the commentators that he'll be back sooner rather than later - within a week.


They already rushed him once. He didn't want to play in the preseason at all. That was a major setback. If he's back this month I'll be shocked.

pwee31
01-04-2009, 12:42 AM
Looks like he'll be back during the road trip! Should be a nice boost!

That also mean it'll be before the 14th!

http://my.nba.com/thread.jspa?threadID=5700029940


Jan 3, 2009
Coach Jim O'Brien said Mike Dunleavy "probably" will be in uniform sometime during the upcoming Western Conference road trip.

"It's great to hear," O'Brien said before the Pacers faced the Sacramento Kings tonight in Conseco Fieldhouse. "It's been a long time coming."

Dunleavy has been out since the beginning of training camp with a right knee injury. He returned to practice Dec. 22 and has cleared every hurdle since. Because of the amount of time Dunleavy has missed, it's reasonable to assume he'll be on a pitch count until he fully regains his conditioning but O'Brien will make that determination after the medical staff gives the go-ahead.

"I'll worry about that," O'Brien said, "when they tell me he's able to play and how long he can play."

Dunleavy averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season, shooting .424 from the 3-point line. The Pacers have sorely missed not only his ability to spread the defense with his long-range shooting but his instinctive offensive play.

Hicks
01-04-2009, 12:45 AM
Awesome!

Anthem
01-04-2009, 01:02 AM
This could really help.

Not just with his on-court contributions, but with morale for the team.

grace
01-04-2009, 02:00 AM
I saw highlights of the game. Was that him wearing the ugly yellowish jacket at the end of the bench? If so Eric Etchison would like his coat back.

count55
01-04-2009, 10:20 AM
They already rushed him once. He didn't want to play in the preseason at all. That was a major setback. If he's back this month I'll be shocked.

Do you have a link for this? I don't recall the details, but I don't recall seeing anything that has said that Dunleavy didn't want to play or that his 9-minute appearance had any significant impact, one way or the other, on his return.


I saw highlights of the game. Was that him wearing the ugly yellowish jacket at the end of the bench? If so Eric Etchison would like his coat back.

I did not see the game, but Junior was wearing a hideous bright yellow (appropriately named) blazer in the Nets game.

imawhat
01-04-2009, 02:38 PM
I did not see the game, but Junior was wearing a hideous bright yellow (appropriately named) blazer in the Nets game.

It was the same blazer he's worn a couple of times. For everyone watching on nbalp, he showed it off for the camera which made Scot Pollard (joined the Sacto broadcasters) jealous.

BRushWithDeath
01-05-2009, 07:22 PM
I was wrong. Dun will play on Wednesday.

Hicks
01-05-2009, 07:26 PM
Really? Who said Wednesday?

duke dynamite
01-05-2009, 10:01 PM
I was wrong. Dun will play on Wednesday.


Really? Who said Wednesday?
I'm having a hard time locating this information.

cinotimz
01-05-2009, 10:12 PM
Let him sit til the trade deadline. No real need to hurry back. In the mean time, Daniels gets big minutes and his trade stock will continue to rise. At the deadline, he should be easy to move and should be able to get great return for him. His stock will probably never be higher. Then Dunleavy can return.

andreialta
01-06-2009, 05:12 AM
it's on here

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/recap;_ylt=Auefcq5zIcw8Obew52_zSJe8vLYF?gid=200901 0507

"There was plenty of chirping at the officials in the first half as O’Brien, Linas Kleiza, Anthony and Karl all drew technicals for arguing. … The Pacers may soon have Mike Dunleavy back on the court, possibly even Wednesday at Phoenix. Dunleavy has been out all season with a right knee injury. … The Pacers kicked off a season-long five-game road trip against Denver. … Pacers G T.J. Ford, bothered by a sore lower back, suited up but didn’t play. … Indiana G Marquis Daniels strained his left groin in the first half and didn’t return. He finished with two points."

MagicRat
01-06-2009, 08:15 AM
It's in the print edition of the Star (which is pathetic) this morning that he'll play limited minutes Wednesday, barring any setbacks in practice today. Can't find it online, though......

count55
01-06-2009, 08:19 AM
It's in the print edition of the Star (which is pathetic) this morning that he'll play limited minutes Wednesday, barring any setbacks in practice today. Can't find it online, though......

It's in the Insider Blog: http://blogs.indystar.com/pacersinsider/


O'Brien said Dunleavy may make his season debut Wednesday on Phoenix. A lot of will hinge on how he does in practice Tuesday.

MagicRat
01-06-2009, 10:54 AM
The article is now up online....

http://www.indystar.com/article/20090106/SPORTS04/901060386/1088/SPORTS04

DENVER -- Indiana Pacers swingman Mike Dunleavy could make his season debut Wednesday if he doesn't suffer any setbacks in practice today in Phoenix.

"He's progressing well," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said before Monday's game at Denver. "He'll be restricted to a limit, but it will be great to have him in uniform for the first time this year."

O'Brien said late last week that he expected to have Dunleavy at some point during the trip, probably later in the week, but the Pacers' second-leading scorer last season continues to progress well from the right knee injury that has sidelined him all season.

Dunleavy is practicing with the team and often scrimmages afterward with teammates. Marquis Daniels, who has been starting in his place, is dealing with a left groin injury. Daniels started Monday after being listed as doubtful following the team's morning shootaround earlier in the day.

The Pacers' final four games on the trip are at Phoenix, the Lakers, Golden State and Utah.




The part about force-feeding minutes to Rush was a bit amusing after he barely got off of the pine last night.......

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 10:56 AM
So there it is!

Oh man, I'm excited!

MillerTime
01-06-2009, 12:31 PM
The article is now up online....

http://www.indystar.com/article/20090106/SPORTS04/901060386/1088/SPORTS04

DENVER -- Indiana Pacers swingman Mike Dunleavy could make his season debut Wednesday if he doesn't suffer any setbacks in practice today in Phoenix.

"He's progressing well," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said before Monday's game at Denver. "He'll be restricted to a limit, but it will be great to have him in uniform for the first time this year."

O'Brien said late last week that he expected to have Dunleavy at some point during the trip, probably later in the week, but the Pacers' second-leading scorer last season continues to progress well from the right knee injury that has sidelined him all season.

Dunleavy is practicing with the team and often scrimmages afterward with teammates. Marquis Daniels, who has been starting in his place, is dealing with a left groin injury. Daniels started Monday after being listed as doubtful following the team's morning shootaround earlier in the day.

The Pacers' final four games on the trip are at Phoenix, the Lakers, Golden State and Utah.


By Mike Wells
IndyStar.com

OakMoses
01-06-2009, 12:50 PM
This is good. I think a healthy Dunleavy (which we may still never see this season) will help this team in ways that none of us fully understand right now. Just to hit on the most obvious one it's a huge talent increase for a team that badly needs more talent.

Hicks
01-06-2009, 01:05 PM
Thank you, MillerTime. A reminder to all that we need all three things listed when an article is pasted. Thanks.

MillerTime
01-06-2009, 01:08 PM
Thank you, MillerTime. A reminder to all that we need all three things listed when an article is pasted. Thanks.

No Problem

Anthem
01-06-2009, 01:13 PM
Quis has a "left groin injury?" As in, the dude has more than one?

That's seriously moxious.

BRushWithDeath
01-06-2009, 01:19 PM
Thanks for the links. Hopefully, I won't be proven wrong again. (Though I guess my most recent post was correct.)

Hicks
01-06-2009, 01:26 PM
Quis has a "left groin injury?" As in, the dude has more than one?

That's seriously moxious.

Well, I could punch you in the left eye and you could say you had a left head injury. :D

Los Angeles
01-06-2009, 02:00 PM
Gentlemen, these are the groin muscles:

http://www.networksgoalie.com/groinstr.gif

As you can see, they attach and swing your legs side to side.

Medically speaking, even in sports medicine, the "groin" has nothing to do with your pubic region or your genitals.

That didn't stop someone in our repressed puritan national past who found the word "genitals" far to obscene for use and subsequenly replaced that word and used the word for the muscles that reside NEAR the area they were REALLY talking about.

CableKC
01-06-2009, 02:08 PM
I only pray that he's as close to 100% as possible by Sunday. I want to see him hit the game winner against the Warriors in Oakland.

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 02:11 PM
I only pray that he's as close to 100% as possible by Sunday. I want to see him hit the game winner against the Warriors in Oakland.
Mwa ha ha ha ha!

CableKC
01-06-2009, 02:28 PM
Mwa ha ha ha ha!
Inspired by your avatar, I'll go one step further....I hope that he hits it with SJax covering him :dance:

count55
01-06-2009, 02:38 PM
Inspired by your avatar, I'll go one step further....I hope that he hits it with SJax covering him :dance:

You do realize that talk like this will likely result in SJax hitting the game winner over Junior.:tsk:

MillerTime
01-06-2009, 03:09 PM
Its still going to take Dunleavy about 3 - 4 weeks to get back to 100%

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 03:12 PM
Inspired by your avatar, I'll go one step further....I hope that he hits it with SJax covering him :dance:
LOL, I just realized that...

Anthem
01-06-2009, 03:35 PM
Medically speaking, even in sports medicine, the "groin" has nothing to do with your pubic region or your genitals.
:laugh: I know. What Quis pulled was the upper part of his left inner thigh... "groin" is a much shorter way to say that.*** It's still funny, for those of us cursed with a juvenile sense of humor.





***I rewrote that sentence to avoid the word "mouthful."

count55
01-06-2009, 03:39 PM
:laugh: I know. What Quis pulled was the upper part of his left inner thigh... "groin" is a much shorter way to say that.*** It's still funny, for those of us cursed with a juvenile sense of humor.





***I rewrote that sentence to avoid the word "mouthful."

Anybody remember the Garrett Morris routine on SNL that centered around "a painful gro-eeen injury?"

Hicks
01-06-2009, 07:48 PM
Dunleavy will be playing tomorrow!

http://www.indystar.com/article/20090106/SPORTS04/90106068/1088
Mike Wells
Indy Star



Indiana Pacers shooting guard Mike Dunleavy will make his season debut Wednesday night against Phoenix.

Dunleavy missed the first 34 games with a nagging right knee injury.

Coach Jim O'Brien said Dunleavy will be limited to 20 minutes a game. O'Brien didn't commit to starting Dunleavy, but said he wants him there at the end of games.

Hicks
01-06-2009, 07:57 PM
I'm very happy to have him back. I'll be curious to see how comfortably he plays and looks in his 20 minutes.

Speed
01-06-2009, 08:02 PM
I'm very happy to have him back. I'll be curious to see how comfortably he plays and looks in his 20 minutes.

AWESOME!!!!!!

Oneal07
01-06-2009, 08:07 PM
There's really no way for me to seeing Pacers game this year and it kills me. I can't wait to get my Rogers Cable back

Will Galen
01-06-2009, 08:21 PM
Inspired by your avatar, I'll go one step further....I hope that he hits it with SJax covering him :dance:


You do realize that talk like this will likely result in SJax hitting the game winner over Junior.:tsk:

Jackson strained his right hamstring on the final play of the first half Monday against the Utah Jazz and did not return.

pwee31
01-06-2009, 10:49 PM
Dunleavy will be playing tomorrow!

http://www.indystar.com/article/20090106/SPORTS04/90106068/1088
Mike Wells
Indy Star


:woot:

jeffg-body
01-06-2009, 10:53 PM
I am not gonna hold my breath on that one. I just hope that when he comes back that he'll be fully healed and ready to perform.

BRushWithDeath
01-06-2009, 10:59 PM
I am not gonna hold my breath on that one. I just hope that when he comes back that he'll be fully healed and ready to perform.

He'll play tomorrow. I said as such yesterday. I had it confirmed earlier today.

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 11:16 PM
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

N8R
01-07-2009, 05:16 AM
Come on Fantasy Gold

Raskolnikov
01-07-2009, 05:20 AM
Very happy to hear that.

Mourning
01-07-2009, 06:03 AM
:woohoo:

He'll be rusty and probably receive very limited minutes, but that's G-O-O-D news :). WB Mike! :yay:

Quis
01-07-2009, 06:32 AM
Hopefully this doesn't turn into a lingering injury, where he's good to go one night and out for a week the next. If it shows any serious signs of being chronic, I'd just prefer he get the surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Mourning
01-07-2009, 07:19 AM
Hopefully this doesn't turn into a lingering injury, where he's good to go one night and out for a week the next. If it shows any serious signs of being chronic, I'd just prefer he get the surgery and miss the rest of the season.

I would agree with that. Just hoping that it's something where surgery really wasn't needed.

Justin Tyme
01-07-2009, 10:25 AM
Jackson strained his right hamstring on the final play of the first half Monday against the Utah Jazz and did not return.


Out for 2 weeks.