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Pacers Dunleavy Fights Viral Infection

Last updated on Thursday, January 1, 2009

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The Indiana Pacers face the New York Knicks Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Pacers have lost four in a row to fall to 10-and-21 on the season. Tuesday's 110-104 setback to Atlanta at Conseco Fieldhouse was the blue-and-gold's most lopsided defeat during their current losing streak. Indiana has also lost four in a row at home.

The Knicks are 12-and-18 and have also struggled of late. Mike D'Antoni's squad halted a six-game losing streak with a win in Charlotte on Tuesday night.

Mike Dunleavy is the latest Pacer player to require treatment at a hospital for a viral infection. Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien says Dunleavy spent time in a hospital Tuesday to receive intravenous fluids. Dunleavy has missed the entire season as he recovers from tendonitis and bone spurs in his right knee.

Danny Granger, Troy Murphy and Marquis Daniels missed multiple games with viral infections earlier in the month.

O'Brien did not think that Dunleavy's illness was as severe as the other Pacers and he is not expected to miss practice time. There is still no timetable for Dunleavy's return.

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