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IC Cold Links: Pacers Hit Road For A Busy Month, No Buyout For T.J. Ford

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The Indiana Pacers tipped off an extremely busy month of March with their win last night over the Golden State Warriors. The Pacers have 17 more games to play including a stretch with 10 of 13 games on the road thanks to the Big Ten Men's and Women's basketball tournaments at Conseco Fieldhouse. Conrad Brunner broke it all down yesterday.

Eighteen games in 30 days, 11 on the road. Six sets of back-to-backs. A stretch that brings 10 of 13 on the road, including three road trips of three games apiece.

Never in 34 NBA seasons have the Pacers played more games in a month. Only twice before have they faced as many. Once was March 2006. The other was in April 1999, when the schedule was compressed by the lockout.

The first of those three-game roadies begins tonight when the Pacers visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While most of the Pacers will be extremely busy this month, it appears T.J. Ford remain on the shelf as the Pacers stick with the youth movement at point guard.The deadline for teams to buy out players so they can sign with other teams and be eligible for the playoffs passed yesterday. Ford didn't want to give up any money in such a transaction and apparently no teams wanted to give Ford the money he needed to make it work. 

Mike Wells reports that Ford isn't getting many reps in practice anymore and may work out something to go home to Houston for the end of the season. That seems ridiculous considering an injury could quickly thrust Ford into action, but I guess he could always re-join the team should that happen. Ford shouldn't complain too loudly though. At least he still has all of his money.