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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-25

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-25

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-25Jim O'Brien is in a tough coaching predicament.

The Pacers' coach wants to continue to develop Roy Hibbert and Brandon Rush because the two second-year players are both key parts of the team's future.

The problem O'Brien faces is that Hibbert struggles against quick, athletic centers and Rush continues to have confidence issues, which is why he has a difficult time keeping his spot in the rotation.

Hibbert didn't start in Tuesday's 123-112 loss to the Toronto Raptors because it was hard for him to match up against Chris Bosh or Andrea Bargnani.

Rush's starting spot is far from certain now that O'Brien has gone back to a more traditional lineup with Danny Granger, Troy Murphy and Jeff Foster in the frontcourt. Dahntay Jones, who has been the team's second-best player this season, will continue to push Rush for the starting shooting guard spot.

"I think Dahntay deserves to start, but I think it's better for our rotation if Dahntay comes off the bench," O'Brien said. "Dahntay knows I think he's a starter."

RAPTORS 123, PACERS 112: The Raptors shot 63 percent in the first half and led from start to finish. Forward Danny Granger scored a season-high 36 points, including 22 in the second half. The Pacers are on a four-game losing streak.

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