IC Cold Links: Pacers Have To Come Together After Dismantling By Lakers

The Pacers hit the road earlier this week saying all of the right things. There was talk of looking forward to the challenge of playing four elite teams from the Western Conference teams and letting it rip with a we-got-nothing-to-lose mind set.

That brave, united front evaporated in a matter of minute during the third quarter of last night's game. Now the team that has rarely been able to get it together on the court this season, appears to be ripping apart at the seams.

Read more about it in today's links, but quickly we have Mike Dunleavy frustrated with the play of at least a few teammates and even more frustrated with his current role. He beats around the bush with his laments but there seems to be some tension below the surface with how he's being (or not being) used. Of course, Duns has caught his share of front iron over the past couple of months so it's not like he has earned major minutes.

Then we have JOB coming closer to ripping Josh McRoberts than simply dismissing his career-high scoring game against the Lakers. JOB seems defensive about keeping McRoberts buried on the bench even though his spot minutes bring an energy to the floor the team could desperately need.

Then there's the annoying side shows with T.J. Ford yucking it up at taco time in STAPLES with the game out of hand and Dahntay Jones taking far too many hold-for-three-seconds-and-then-shoot jumpers.

Should be interesting to see what kind of fight this team shows tonight in Portland.

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