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Open Game Thread #25: Pacers at Knicks

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The Pacers have been ping ponging wins and losses back and forth over the past nine games. According to the pattern, a loss is due tonight in New York. Sounds like a great time to break the pattern and start stringing a few wins together, plus another I'm getting tired of these "ifs and buts" losses that have kept the Blue and Gold at .500. Of the four Ls posted in the past nine games, three (Sonics, Suns, and Raptors) were potential Ws hanging there to be taken. Painful losses that have you muttering that if this play hadn't happened, then they would've won or they shoudl've won but they couldn't get a call or a bounce or fill in your own excuse.

Check out Bruno's Scouting Report for more info on the game. Hopefully, J.O. will be ready to go. According to Bruno's Blog J.O. will have the Knicks ready to go. In defending the Knicks he threw the players under the bus.

"I think the players have to put up a little bit more effort for the coach," said O'Neal. "They have to figure it out because they have a lot of athletes. Isiah is a great coach, but it's up to the players to want to win, too. If the players don't put out the effort they need to put out then it's going to be a tough road for him."
Oops, that should've been a post-game quote. Also, Ike Diogu is active and apparently ready to play, if needed.

Check out Posting and Toasting for the Knicks' side of things.

Here's what the efficiency numbers say:
Team Pace Off.Eff. Def.Eff.
IND 97.6(2nd) 106.0(16th) 107.1(15th)
NYK 90.0(17th) 102.2(24th) 113.1(30th)


Projected Starters
PACERS pos. KNICKS
Jermaine O'Neal F Zach Randolph
Danny Granger F Quentin Richardson
Troy Murphy C Eddy Curry
Mike Dunleavy G Jamal Crawford
Jamaal Tinsley G Stephon Marbury

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