Tuesday , Dec , 13 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers seek to gain ground on Pistons

(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers begin the week in second place in the
Eastern Conference’s Central Division with a 12-7 record. They are 3 1/2 games
behind the Detroit Pistons (15-3).

The Pacers will play three games this week – all against teams with losing
records. They will host Utah (8-12) on Friday sandwiched by games at Boston
(8-12) on Wednesday and at New York (6-13) on Saturday.

In their last game on Saturday night, Jermaine O’Neal scored 20 points and
grabbed 14 rebounds, as the Pacers cruised to a 80-66 victory over the Memphis
Grizzlies at the Conseco Fieldhouse.

Stephen Jackson chipped in 16 points and Anthony Johnson added 13 points in
place of the injured Jamaal Tinsley, who missed his fourth straight game with
a groin injury. Tinsley (groin) is questionable for Wednesday’s game.

The game against Boston will be the first meeting of the season between the
two clubs. Last year the Pacers took two of three from the Celtics.

Pacers forward Ron Artest missed his second straight game with a wrist injury.
He has reportedly requested a trade. In an interview with the Indianapolis
Star, the much-maligned Artest said he “has issues” with his role on the team
and that the club would be better off without him. Artest is averaging 19.4