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Pacers Begin Final West Coast Road Trip

Last updated on Tuesday, March 3, 2009

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - The Indiana Pacers open their final west coast road trip of the season tonight in Sacramento against the struggling Kings.

The Pacers have won four of their last six games, but three of those wins came at home. The blue-and-gold have lost twelve of their last 13 games away from Conseco Fieldhouse.

Indiana enters play tonight three games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth and final playoff berth in the eastern conference. The Kings own the worst record in the NBA at 13-and-48. The Pacers beat the kings 122-117 at Conseco Fieldhouse on January 3rd.

Indiana goes into tonight's game shorthanded once again. Mike Dunleavy is not expected to play again this season due to a bone spur in his right knee. Dunleavy has been seeking second opinions on how best to treat his recurring knee soreness. He expects to decide by the end of the week and says that if surgery is required, he will have it done as soon as possible.

Danny Granger is also out for tonight's game with the Kings. Granger has missed six games with a partial ligament tear on the sole of his left foot.

Head Coach Jim O'Brien says Granger is close to returning and could be back in the lineup before the end of the current road trip.

Following tonight's game, the Pacers face the Trail Blazers Wednesday night in Portland. The road trip wraps up on Saturday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

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