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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-12-12

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-12-12

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-12-12This was supposed to be a season for rookie point guard A.J. Price to sit on the bench and learn from three veteran point guards in front of him in the rotation. Now it looks like Price will have an opportunity at some playing time. Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said he plans to give Price, the team's second-round pick, some playing time.

"I'm going to find a way to get A.J. some minutes every game just because I think he's going to be a very good player and I think he's going to be a very good player quickly," O'Brien said. "If that means I'm going to have to give some looks occasionally at a three-man rotation at the point, then I'll do it. But I think it's important I grow A.J."

Price helped his cause when he came off the bench against Portland last week and gave the Pacers a jolt life when he pushed the tempo and instructed his teammates to move the ball.

"My whole career I've been a confident player and had a bit of a swagger with me," said Price. "That's basically gotten me to this level. For me not to play with that same type of swagger would be foolish."

Price, who didn't play in Friday's victory over New Jersey, is still behind starter T.J. Ford and Earl Watson in the rotation.

"Whatever the minutes may be is fine with me," Price said. "Five minutes, 10 minutes, my job is to go out there and provide energy from the point, push the tempo to where we like it, apply defensive pressure. If I'm able to do those things, more time will find its way to me."

PACERS 107, NETS 91: Rookie forward Tyler Hansbrough and center Roy Hibbert both scored a career high in points to help the Pacers end their six-game losing streak. Hansbrough had 21 points off the bench and Hibbert had 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Pacers, who led by as many as 21 points.

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