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Pacers Have Friday Night Off

Last updated on Friday, January 18, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The Indiana Pacers have a rare Friday night off.

The blue-and-gold face the Sacramento Kings Saturday night at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers are coming off a 125-117 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

That victory marked a change in routine for Indiana. The Pacers have lost nine games this season in which they have held a double-digit lead, including three on the recently concluded west coast road trip. On Wednesday, the Pacers overcame a 17-point deficit to pull out a win in the fourth quarter.

Indiana enters Saturday's game with an 18-and-22 record and are a game behind New Jersey for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien says he did not suspend point guard Jamaal Tinsley for Wednesday night's game with Golden State. O'Brien did deactivate Tinsley for the game, but said that is was because Tinsley had a sore left knee.

After the game, former Pacer Stephen Jackson said that Tinsley had been suspended and the Indianapolis Star reported that "several people with knowledge of the situation" confirmed the suspension.

O'Brien says he intends to have Tinsley active for tomorrow night's game with Sacramento.

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