Pacers set to unveil newcomers
(Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle may look like
comedian Jim Carrey, but is all business when it comes to the hardwood.
Carlisle’s squad is still alive in the Central Division at 3 1/2 games off the
lead, but has dropped three in a row and completed an eight-player trade with
Golden State a few days ago.
Indiana is struggling with consistency and acquired Mike Dunleavy, Troy
Murphy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod from Golden State in exchange for Al
Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell. The new
Pacer players are expected to be in uniform for Saturday’s home game against
the New York Knicks.
Youngsters Marquis Daniels and Danny Granger were starters for Thursday’s
104-101 loss to the Miami Heat, marking the 11th starting lineup combination
of the season. Daniels and Granger replaced starters Harrington and Jackson,
and did a fine job despite the setback. Granger scored a career-high 28
points and Daniels added a season-high 23 against Miami.
Carlisle and the Indiana front office should be extremely thankful a team was
willing to take Jackson off their hands. Jackson is nothing but trouble and
is a perfect example of addition by subtraction. He put the franchise under
bad light with incidents at night clubs, brawls and firing concealed weapons.
Who wants to sign a player who was charged with felony criminal recklessness
and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct? Apparently the
Warriors, unless they have a plan to dump Jackson on another team.
The Pacers have wiped their hands clean of frustration and will try and stop a
three-game losing streak on Saturday when they open a four-game homestand
versus New York, Chicago, Miami and Toronto.
Indiana’s newcomers should mix well with the current roster, especially
Dunleavy and Murphy.