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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-21

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-21

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-21The wakeup call has been delivered to second-year swingman Brandon Rush. A game after coach Jim O'Brien stuck him on the bench for most of the fourth quarter, Rush responded by scoring 16 points in 39 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Brandon Rush played a very strong offensive game," O'Brien said. "We need that from him on a consistent basis."

Rush's strong play comes at a good time because playing time soon might become an issue for all the swingmen on the roster. Mike Dunleavy, who has played in only 17 games the last two seasons, is expected to make his season debut sometime next week. Dunleavy has been out with a right knee injury.

O'Brien said he likes the idea of having open competition for playing time. Rush is the wild card in the mix because he has the best all-around game among the three swingmen vying for playing time -- Dunleavy and Dahntay Jones.

The issue that has the Pacers baffled is that Rush tends to just go through the motions during the game. That's not going to work if he expects to be on the court.

CAVALIERS 105, PACERS 95: LeBron James and a cold-shooting fourth quarter did in the Pacers. James, the league's reigning MVP, scored 40 points, including a big 3-pointer late. The Pacers shot 22 percent from the field in the final quarter.

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