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IC Cold Links: Fever Win Game 1; Dahntay Jones Mixing It Up In Vegas

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The Indiana Fever hung on for a 74-72 win in game one of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the New York Liberty. Erin Philips came to the rescue, knocking in the game-winning bucket with 1.5 second left in the game, to preserve a winning effort by the Fever that included 25 points from local legend, Katie Douglas.

Out in Las Vegas, reports of the intensity ramping up include Indiana Pacers swingman Dahntay Jones doing his part by verbally mixing it up. As you'll read in the links today, DJ and TJ Ford bumbled a game-ending possession that left them barking at each other, while yesterday Jones talked his way into a war of words with Detroit Pistons forward, Austin Daye. I think Dahntay's nickname should be 'Last Word' because the man can talk.

Oh, and the owners and players do try to promote their respective solidarity on the labor front. Hey, at least the NBA and the referees agree to a new deal.

Las Vegas 'Lockout League' Week 1 notebook -

NBA players will face tough decisions - NBA News | FOX Sports on MSN
Article by Billy Witz includes story of T.J. Fordand Dahntay Jones combining to produce a game-ending turnover in Vegas.

PACERS: Caught in the Web Indiana Pacers blog - Jackson fully equipped for challenge of NBA coaching

Katie Douglas helps carry Indiana Fever to Game 1 win - ESPN

Phillips' shot wins opener after Fever squander 15-point lead | The Indianapolis Star |

NBPA president Derek Fisher discusses lockout, Billy Hunter and more - Sam Amick -

Exclusive: Pacers owner Herb Simon speaks out about judge's verdict -

Stern says owners unified, "vast majority" favor hard cap | ProBasketballTalk

Report: NBA, referees agree on five-year deal - ESPN