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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-03

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-03

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-03Pacers coach Jim O'Brien claims he's not trying to send a message to the starting backcourt duo of T.J. Ford and Brandon Rush by benching them for most of the second half of their first two games.

O'Brien may not publicly say he's sending message, but it's becoming pretty obvious that he has more confidence in backups Earl Watson and Dahntay Jones. O'Brien's decision to ride Watson and Jones in the second half is a smart move because Ford and Rush have done very little to show they deserve significant minutes. They're a combined 7-of-24 from the field in two games and they're playing with indecision and hesitation.

O'Brien said he's been going with Watson and Jones because they've been part of a unit that's gotten them back in games where they've trailed by double-figures. The two are better defenders and they're playing with more confidence on the offensive end than Ford and Rush. It wouldn't be surprising if O'Brien shook up the starting lineup and went with Jones and Watson in Tuesday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

HEAT 96, PACERS 83: The Pacers shot 36.7 percent from the field and Miami attempted 46 free throws. The Pacers' starting five combined to go 17-of-52 from the field and their frontcourt had no answer for Heat center Jermaine O'Neal, who had 22 points and 12 rebounds.

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