The Indiana Pacers are in Sacramento tonight to take on the Kings. It appears that Jamaal Tinsley and Jermaine O'Neal should be available. Kareem Rush might not be. That could hamper O'B's efforts to push a small ball lineup.
The Pacers may really miss Rush tonight since the Kings are set to welcome back Kevin Martin. Plus, John Salmons has been playing out of his mind this year. He already has a pair of LoNny nods and could've had another earlier this week. I have to say I flinched when I saw Martin was set to return after enduring an outburst from him last year at the Fieldhouse. Hopefully Rush is available to matchup with Martin.
Here's Bruno's Scouting Report which takes a look at the incredible negative free throw differential for the Pacers. The team has not outscored an opponent from the line in the past 20 games. Most of those 20 haven't even been close either.
O'B doesn't seem concerned, explaining part of the difference is due to the types of players on the roster and the system in place.
"If it was a situation where we weren't attacking the paint and you'd say, 'Geez coach, maybe one of the reasons why you're shooting foul shots is you're not scoring in the paint,' well, that's not the case. We are scoring in the paint, certainly in the top half of the league. It's more of a style, going from one individual to another. We just are not necessarily guys that are going to bang it to the point where they get to the foul line a lot."
Here's what the efficiency numbers say:
|Jermaine O'Neal||F||Mikki Moore|
|Danny Granger||F||Francisco Garcia|
|Troy Murphy||C||Brad Miller|
|Mike Dunleavy||G||John Salmons|
|Jamaal Tinsley||G||Beno Udrih|
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