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IC Cold Links: Injuries Force Cancellation Of Practice; Murphy Set To Return

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Swine flu has nothing on the Indiana Pacers.

The team's injury epidemic continued during last night's 108-94 win against the Warriors as starting point guard T.J. Ford went down five minutes into the first quarter with back spasms. He didn't return and he's questionable for Saturday's game against Eastern Conference powerhouse Boston Celtics.

Ford's injury joins a long list of the wounded on the blue and gold's roster: Troy Murphy (back), Danny Granger (heel), Mike Dunleavy (knee), Luther Head (foot), Brandon Rush (ankle), Travis Diener (toe) and Jeff Foster (ankle). The plethora of injuries forced coach Jim O'Brien to call off practice today. "Frankly, we wouldn't be able to field enough guys to practice with," O'Brien told Bruno. "That's how banged-up we are right now."

Rush and Head both played last night, with Rush putting up a very quiet 11 points in 34 minutes. Both should be able to play on Saturday, along with (fingers crossed) Ford and the return of Murphy. So, while the Pacers rest of up for the opportunity to win four straight for the first time in two years, here are some links to keep you occupied. More after the jump.

"We did some positive things tonight. Earl really stepped up and led us. You don't like T.J. (Ford) to go down, but it's nice to know you've got somebody like Earl to come in and play the way he played. He's been a breath of fresh air. Danny played within himself. I think he moved well and he passed well, especially in the first half. He scored, distributed and rebounded. He played a very solid brand of basketball." -- Jim O'Brien