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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-02-24

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-02-24

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-02-24
Pacers point guard Travis Diener can only wonder what things would be like if he was a starter in the NBA.

Diener, the Pacers' third-string point guard behind T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack, has a 7.4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (96 assists, 13 turnovers) this season.

That ratio is better than Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Chris Paul, some of the best playmakers in the league.

In fact, the ratio is the best in the league, but Diener likely won't get credit for it because he has to have at least 400 assists or play 70 games to be considered a league leader in that category at the end of the season.

"Ever since I was little, the coaches I played for stressed taking care of the ball," Diener said. "Coach (Jim) O'Brien is the same. Turnovers are wasted possessions. I just try to take care of the ball."

O'Brien wants Diener to be more aggressive offensively.

"He's not looking for his shot and drives enough, which would lower his assist-to-turnover ratio," O'Brien said.

KNICKS 123, PACERS 119: An inability to get the ball inbounds and stop guard Nate Robinson put an end to the Pacers' modest two-game winning streak.

Robinson, who scored 41 points, picked off Jeff Foster's inbounds pass and raced down the court for what turned out to be the decisive layup. Pacers guard Jarret Jack scored a career-high 33 points and Marquis Daniels added 28 points.

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Added: February 24, 2009


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