Stojakovic expected to debut in Indiana uniform vs. Wizards
(Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic is expected to make his Indiana debut this
evening when the Pacers visit the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center.
Stojakovic was acquired from the Sacramento Kings last Wednesday for
disgruntled forward Ron Artest. However, the three-time All-Star watched in
street clothes on Friday as his new team was edged by LeBron James and
the Cleveland Cavaliers, 93-89, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Danny Granger poured in a career-high 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while
Fred Jones contributed 20 points and Sarunas Jasikevicius netted 14, both off
Stephen Jackson also tallied 14 points and David Harrison added 10 points in
Indiana’s fifth consecutive setback, which dropped them to .500 for the first
time this season.
A loss tonight would give the Pacers their first six-game slide since January
22-February 2, 2005.
On the injury front guard Jamaal Tinsley (elbow) is expected to miss tonight’s
tilt, while forward Jeff Foster (back) is questionable. Jermaine O’Neal
(groin) is also on the shelf for the next two months.
Indiana, which will begin a seven-game homestand after tonight’s contest, has
lost 11 of 14 on the road and is 9-14 away from home this season.
Washington, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Gilbert Arenas scored
34 points and missed just one of his 14 free throws to lead the Wizards to a
107-97 home-victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Antawn Jamison had 23 points on 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, and pulled down 13
rebounds, and Jared Jeffries contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for the
Wizards, who have won two of their last three games.
Washington, which will be closing a two-game homestand tonight, is 12-9 in its
arena this season.
Indiana has split its two matchups with the Wizards this season and has won
three of four and five of the last nine meetings. The Pacers have also won two
of three and nine of 14 in Washington.