Pacers host Bucks
(Sports Network) – The injury-depleted Indiana Pacers try to get back on the
winning track this evening when they continue their season-long seven-game
homestand versus the Milwaukee Bucks at Conseco Fieldhouse.
On Sunday, Indiana was run over by the San Antonio Spurs, who walked away with
a 92-88 road win. Stephen Jackson netted 17 points for the Pacers, who lost
for the first time in five games.
Peja Stojakovic added 16 points and eight rebounds while Fred Jones had 12
points off the bench in the loss.
Indiana continued to play without guard Jamaal Tinsley (elbow) and forward
Austin Croshere (concussion). Both players are expected to miss tonight’s
affair. The Pacers are already without star forward Jermaine O’Neal, who could
miss up to two months with a groin injury.
The Pacers, who will close this stand against New Orleans/Oklahoma City when
they come out of the All-Star break, are 16-8 in their arena this season.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Michael Redd poured in
19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field to lift the Bucks past the
Seattle SuperSonics, 106-91, on Tuesday at the Bradley Center.
Joe Smith added 18 points off the bench while Bobby Simmons had 15 for the
Bucks, who have won two of their last three games. Simmons was 5-of-10 from
the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Rookie Andrew Bogut contributed 10 points and five rebounds in the win.
Milwaukee, which will host New Jersey on Tuesday out of the break, is 10-15
away from home this season.
Indiana has split its two matchups with the Bucks this season, but has won
three of four and four of the last seven meetings. Milwaukee has also dropped
two straight, three of four and six of the last eight as the road team in this