Tuesday , Jan , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana struggles to overcome injuries

(Sports Network) – With injuries and off-the-court problems getting in the
way, the Indiana Pacers have struggled to find their winning ways of late. The
team has alternated wins and losses over the past six games and is in third
place in the tough Central Division with a 20-15 record.

Following a solid divisional win at Chicago on Saturday night, the Pacers
stumbled at New Jersey on Monday, losing 97-92 to the Nets. Vince Carter
netted a game-high 24 points with six assists and five rebounds to lead the
New Jersey at Continental Airlines Arena.

Austin Croshere scored 17 points with 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who were
without Jermaine O’Neal, Ron Artest, Scot Pollard and Jamaal Tinsley. Anthony
Johnson and Fred Jones each netted 16 points as Indiana lost for the third
time in its last five games.

O’Neal, who leads the team with 21.4 ppg and 9.7 rpg, missed the contest
because of an ankle sprain and is questionable for the Pacers’ next game
versus Charlotte at the Conseco Fieldhouse. Also expected to miss the next
game is Artest (19.4 ppg) and Tinsley (11.5 ppg).

“Every team goes through their fair share of problems,” said coach Rick
Carlisle. “We’re just going to have to play through this.”

The Pacers have been out-rebounded in each of their last five games.