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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-10-30

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-10-30

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-10-30The Pacers aren't getting off on the right foot in the health department. That's not good for a team that's a long shot to make the playoffs.

Indiana, which has missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, almost has a starting five on its injured list.

Forward Tyler Hansbrough (shin) and guards Mike Dunleavy (knee) and Travis Diener (toe) are all sidelined with injuries. All-Star Danny Granger is dealing with a bruised heel and Jeff Foster has an ailing back. Both players played in the season opener. Four of those players are expected to be rotation players this season.

The short-handed Pacers, who dropped their season opener against Atlanta, don't get a break in their schedule because they play Miami and Denver, two playoff teams from a year ago, in their next two games.

Pacers coach Jim O'Brien has a mind frame that he doesn't worry about injured players. O'Brien may want to worry about it because the Pacers' season will hinge on how healthy the roster is. Granger will play through pain, but it's no secret that the Pacers need Dunleavy, whose return date is up in the air.

"We need to have as many healthy bodies as we can this season," Granger said. "Injuries happen throughout the season, but we're going to have to try and limit them as much as we can."

The Pacers are remaining optimistic that Hansbrough, their first-round pick, will be ready to make his season debut within the next two weeks.

HAWKS 120, PACERS 109: The Pacers put up the offensive numbers to win the game, but their defense and inability to protect the ball did them in. The Pacers turned the ball over 25 times, which led to 32 points, and allowed the Hawks to shoot 53 percent from the field.

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