The streak is over
THE `HOUSE - I'm starting to wonder how many wake-up calls Jim O'Brien is going to give Brandon Rush before he permanently moves him to the bench.
O'Brien delivered another message to the second-year swingman when he had him riding the pine for most of the fourth quarter of the Pacers' collapse against the Knicks.
Rush, who looks like he's in for another roller coaster year, went 1-of-9 from the field, including 1-of-7 from long distance, in 26 minutes.
Earl Watson took most of Rush's minutes in the final quarter.
"We feel Earl is better in that situation until proven differently," O'Brien said. "Right now, I think Brandon is struggling. I don't think he's playing as well as he would like to play. Keep in mind, he's only in his second year and we have a chance to have a veteran presence out there. That's the reason we're doing it."
Rush often looks like he's just going through the motion when he's on the court. That's not going to work. The Pacers need him to score around 15 points a game.
Rush might want to get it together soon because Mike Dunleavy should be back in the lineup within the next few weeks.
O'Brien wasn't in a very pleasant mood in the fourth quarter.
His team was on the verge of blowing a 19-point lead and Danny Granger was on the bench in foul trouble.
A fan sitting in the first row near the Pacers' bench yelled to O'Brien to put Granger back in the game.
O'Brien looked toward the fan and said, "He's got five fouls, shut up!"
That's not exactly a way to help a fan base that's still on the fence about the team.
O'Brien wasn't the only Pacer not happy about things.
Point guard T.J. Ford, and Dahntay Jones weren't on the same page during a fast break in the first half.
Ford was on the left wing waving his arms at Jones, who had the ball in the middle of the court on the break. Jones attempted to passed it to the right but turned the ball over.
Not too pleased about his teammates decision, Ford, who was just 1-of-5 from the field and had five turnovers, flung his arms in frustration in the corner.
O'Brien agreed with Ford because he told Jones to do a better job of seeing the court after the turnover.