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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-12-03

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-12-03

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-12-03Brandon Rush's time in the starting lineup is over. Pacers coach Jim O'Brien did what many people wanted him to do several weeks ago when he benched Rush in favor of Dahntay Jones.

"It's a situation where we're 15 games in and when you go with Brandon for 15 games and you do everything you can to let him get on track, it hasn't happened yet," O'Brien said. "Maybe bringing him in a role that brings him off the bench, maybe that sparks more consistent play from him."

Rush is averaging 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds and shooting 35 percent from the field in nearly 29 minutes a game. He has yet to have a 20-point game this season.

"Brandon, he's been up and down," Pacers president Larry Bird said earlier this week. "He's had some games where he rebounds the ball very well, which is a major plus for us. I think Brandon gets down on himself when he misses shots.

"I think in time he'll learn whether the ball goes in or not, you have to continue to play because you'll get more opportunities."

Rush could have a difficult time getting back in the rotation now that Mike Dunleavy is back in the lineup and Jones contributes on a regular basis.

"I knew once Mike got back it would be iffy on how much I would be playing," Rush said. "Dahntay is playing well. I haven't been able to make shots even though I've been getting good looks. I don't think I'm being aggressive enough, either. I've got to get it going in practice and in shoot-arounds and try to play through this, and be ready when my name is called again."

KINGS 110, PACERS 105: The Pacers' defense let them down by playing a significant role in them blowing a 10-point lead in the first half. The Kings shot 51 percent from the field by either getting easy lay-ups or off open shots (9-of-18 on three-pointers) on the perimeter. The Pacers have dropped seven of their last eight games.

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