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IC Cold Links: Pacers look to snap their losing streak against Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and the Orlando Magic

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Nothing like playing one of the top teams in the east while trying to snap your own five game losing streak.  This is the task at hand for the Indiana Pacers.  Not only are they struggling to pull out a win, but rumors are swirling around and has the potential to create a distraction. 

The Orlando Magic got off to a strong start when they traded for Hedo Turkoglu, Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson.  However, they are only 6-4 in their last 10.  This is a "rough patch" for the Magic, but the Pacers would swap situations in a heart beat.  Roy Hibbert has had some success against Dwight Howard in the past, so keep an eye on this matchup to see if big Roy can bring it again.

Seems a little too "loud" out there right now for a trade, but once it quiets down I will start to get more anxious about the possibilities.  Hopefully all the trade talk doesn't take away their task at hand tonight against the Magic.  After the jump, check out the links of the day....

PACERS: Countdown to Tipoff: Pacers vs. Magic

Pacers coach believes team is playoff-bound | The Indianapolis Star |
"Playoffs?? Playoffs??" -- Jim Mora said it like it was back in the day...however, JOB thinks otherwise

Preview: Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m., Wednesday - Orlando Sentinel
Game Preview from Orlando Sentinel...

Magic-Pacers Preview - Jan. 25, 2011 - NBA -
Dwight Howard wasn't happy after the Orlando Magic's latest loss, criticizing his team's defense and looking frustrated by his own lack of looks near the basket.

Magic's Allen could be available against Pacers -
Magic forward Malik Allen could be available for the first time in 18 games when the Magic travel to Indiana Wednesday night.

NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association - ESPN
This is the place to be for nonautomated NBA Power Rankings! specialists break down the league's team-by-team pulse.

Fan reaction: Indiana Pacers continue to give away games after leading big early - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
A nice user-written article from Yahoo Sports...

Spurs ranked No. 1, Hornets jump to No. 6 in NBA Power Rankings - Britt Robson -
Check out these power rankings...Britt Robson highlights the affect JOB's comments on Roy Hibbert early in the season may have had

Clippers lose leading scorer Eric Gordon for 3-4 weeks | The Indianapolis Star |
DALLAS — Just when the Los Angeles Clippers were starting to surge, they've lost leading scorer Eric Gordon for at least three weeks because of a wrist injury.