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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-12-05

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-12-05

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-12-05Pacers coach Jim O'Brien went through something earlier this week that he doesn't plan on going through again down the road.

With the game on the line, O'Brien was forced to sit swingman Mike Dunleavy for the final nine minutes of the game against the Sacramento Kings because he had reached his 20-minute restriction.

"I will never let that happen again," O'Brien said. "I'm just playing him when the game is on the line unless something is bothering him. I don't think you can become totally reliant on a number even though it's a well-thought-out number by our medical people. You have to win basketball games."

O'Brien stuck to his word because Dunleavy played 22 minutes, including the final two-plus minutes, against the Utah Jazz on Friday. O'Brien normally plays Dunleavy at the end of the first and start of the second quarter and end of the third and start of the fourth quarter of games.

"It's tough because we're trying to juggle and find a fairly solid rotation," O'Brien said. "I play him those 10 minutes because we're guaranteed three timeouts in that stretch. That's why I was trying to use him then."

There's a possibility that Dunleavy will have his minutes increased next week.

JAZZ 96, PACERS 87: The Jazz jumped out to a 19-point lead and did just enough to hold on to the victory. Utah forward Carlos Boozer had his way against the Pacers. He had 35 points and 13 rebounds in 38 minutes. Forward Danny Granger led the Pacers with 26 points.

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