Rush leads Pacers to win over Bulls

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

Kareem Rush scored 22 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 117-102 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night in a wild game that featured five technical fouls and two ejections.
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#21
Dec 12, 2007
 
What's wrong with Jeff Foster?
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#22
Dec 12, 2007
 
I'm still behind my Pacers and always will be...it is really good to see them bounce back after a tough loss to the Cavs...enough of the thug stuff posters, if you don't like the Pacers for whatever reason you have, then why come and post on their article?

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#23
Dec 12, 2007
 
I was personally proud of the effort and execution this eve. Setting the Tins issue aside, this was a great team effort. I think that's what Indiana fans want.

For us diehard fans, this is the sort of game we need to reawaken our tastebuds to this team after having a mouthful of too hot Tins shoved in our mouth again.

Still some tough stuff ahead. This is only the second of 5 games in 7 days.

Let's get beyond the .500 mark fellas, and never look back.

Keep the faith. Blue and Gold.
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#24
Dec 12, 2007
 
Good comeback after a bad game in Cleveland. Good games out of Rush and Daniels, so even with 3 players hurt and Murphy ejected they were able to win. O'Neal is playing consistently well and shutting up his critics. Tinsley shook off his brush with death. Dunleavy has played consistently well. When everyone is healthy this team will go 10 deep with quality players and that adds up to a lot of wins over an 81 game season. They will need some consistency in these home games against beatable teams. Hopefully fans will get reengaged if they keep doing well.
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#25
Dec 12, 2007
 
These guys still suck!
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#26
Dec 12, 2007
 
Rush? Geddy Lee was there?
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#27
Dec 12, 2007
 
Yeah it was really nice to see Rush have a good game and Jermaine is certainly silencing the doubters
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#28
Dec 12, 2007
 
Risk Prof wrote:
What's up with the attendance? Is it the "thug" factor (?), b/c record-wise there's been worse Pacer teams than this one in the past.
I would hate to lose the franchise to Okla. City or Las Vegas, there's such a history here.
If the Pacers get to about 20/15...the fans will slowly but surely start coming back. At least, that's what I'm hoping for. Fans love a winner more so than than they hate a looser. With more support from Rush and Daniels, that coult happen before the end of January. Wouldn't that be a great way to start the new year!!!!!

Have been noticing Tinsley winching with some sort of pain the last couple games. Is he playing the crowd or is he really hurting? It would demolish the Pacers now if he were to go down. He's been the guy that keeps us going. Can't see Diener fill his shoes. But who knows. Tinsley has been doing a nice job here recently.

Can't imagine Jeff Foster not playing. It doesn't seem real without seeing him on the court...busting his butte fighting them boards. A little note to Jeff...Don't grin when you think your gonna score. Messes up your timing.
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#29
Dec 12, 2007
 
On the fighting tip... there will be many people taking shots at our players this year. I am surprised to see that it took this long to happen. Look to see other teams testing our waters for the rest of the year especially if we make the playoffs. Testing testing testing
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#30
Dec 12, 2007
 
Another thing. Out of 11 games or 22 teams that played tonight, how many teams had a 40 point quarter? Only the PACERS. I would say this to the fans...we got a hell of a team.....Imagine how they would play with another 10,000 people in the stands. Maybe we couldn't get enough of them. This team reminds me of the old ABA days. Maybe 'Slick' is tutoring O'Brien.
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#31
Dec 12, 2007
 
Zwingli the Miffed wrote:
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OMFG, Troy Murphy hit someone, he must be a....gasp...thug! Why, the Pacers ought to cut him for such an immoral act and the NBA ought to throw him out of the league and his house should be burned to the ground and he should be banned from Indianapolis.
Oh, wait, Troy Murphy is white, that's why you won't see anyone whining about his ejection on this board. I can only imagine what would have been said if Tinsley or JO had thrown a punch. Think about it.
Guess thats why reggie miller stayed here all this yrs, bet u were a slave also and we owe u somethig, get over it racist pig

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#32
Dec 12, 2007
 
Murphy is obviously frustrated right now. He had such a short fuse after that turnover call and a bum call on the other end right afterwards when Thomas (I think?) plowed into him in the lane trying to establish position. That should have been a no-call, and the officials missed the call, but move on, Troy. Instead, he griped about it, and got the quick Tech. That was a bit of a knee-jerk by the official in my opinion, who escalated the situation himself by adding insult to injury (of the bad call). However, after that sequence there was totally no need for Troy to go to Tyrus' head/neck area or shove him out of bounds on that next rebound. Tyrus was right to bounce up and stand his ground on that excessive and unsportsmanlike play by Troy. But Troy made it worse by reacting right away and shoving him again as he approached, and that's when Tyrus reacted with the smack to Troy's face that warranted his ejection. Troy was gone automatically since he had to at least get a tech for his role in that altercation, and he had just gotten one a few plays before.

Murphy needs to think more and work harder and let O'Brien argue his case if need be with the officials, just like Harrison, who also needed to be restrained tonight by a teammate after a going after an official on another bad call.

We were fortunate to get a good win with the bonehead plays of our remaining healthy big men. Good thing J.O. is rounding into form and yes, fitting in quite nicely with what the Pacers are doing this year. Of course, if he misses those first couple jump shots, he probably has a lot tougher night, but let's be glad they went in and he was able to stay on the court.

I felt Kareem got his minutes when the game was well in hand, and just happened to make some open shots tonight. I'm glad for him, but to make it sound like he was the reason the Pacers won kinds of makes me wonder if this article was based on the final box score or the actual game. He seemed to struggle early and it was only after we got up that he got it going.
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#33
Dec 13, 2007
 
Actually, most of Rush's work was when the game was still close in the third quarter, I believe. He did a great job. People have referred to him as just a jump shooter, but it seems like he's got decent quickness to get to the basket, so that people don't just press him on the outside. It was a fun game to watch.

Tinsley had another good game, and I'm hoping that he got worried enough about that last altercation that he'll stop staying out so late (getting shot at by an assault rifle can have that effect sometimes!).

JO did well, too. His knee seemed pretty healthy, although I saw him limp for a moment after a three point play. He seemed fine afterwards.

I'm looking forward to the Toronto game. They play very similarly to the us, and managed to beat us last time with some ridiculous shooting. It should be a close one, but I bet the Pacers will find a way to win this time, since they've been playing so well lately. They have been a little inconsistent, but they've kept a pretty good record against some top teams. They've never really been blown out for a while. It seems like the only reason they ever lose a game is because they blow a lead, but that tends to happen when a team isn't very familiar with their defensive scheme yet. Once they get to a softer part of the schedule, we'll see if they can push to a few games above .500. It seems like they get better every week.

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#34
Dec 13, 2007
 
Good analysis, Ben. I agree, Rush showed a broader game than just catch and shoot tonight.

I also agree that J.O. looked better. I think he really liked that reverse jam he pulled off I think in the third quarter. He definitely is getting his lift back.

You brought up the point about teams getting used to our defensive scheme. I seem to have observed that good passing teams can easily exploit our aggressive pick and roll defense and find the open man with a single pass or sometimes too. Crisp passes just do not allow the rotation to get to the shooter in time. I forget who we played but they did it to us time and time again and I thought "if it's going to be like this all season, it's going to be a very long season."
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#35
Dec 13, 2007
 
It's nice to see that the number of idiots posting here have gone down and people with thoughts and opinions have returned.
Booing Tinsley for being shot at is a bit strange though. I wonder if he would have been robbed instead would the booers be asking the league to suspend him? He was a victim but that don't matter to idiots with the internet.
Attendance was low? hmm how many of you were there? Attendance is due to an image issue though and I feel it is unwarranted.
This is not the team of the big Brawl. In case you haven't noticed this team has talent. Look over the games we have won and we have beaten some of the best teams in the NBA. We also have lost to some of the worst teams but I think Obrein is fixing that.
Get well soon Jeff and Ike and the rest of you remember run and push the tempo that is when good things happen.
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Dec 13, 2007
 
ru racist wrote:
<quoted text> Guess thats why reggie miller stayed here all this yrs, bet u were a slave also and we owe u somethig, get over it racist pig
To Zwingli:

See what I mean...people ignorant of their own racism can be quite insensitive. Not like your comments had anything to do with Reggie Miller being here. Like I'm sure that means there are no racists in Indiana. So pointing out the obvious makes you a racists. I love hick white people.
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Dec 14, 2007
 
i do not get why chickens lay eggs
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Dec 14, 2007
 
uprooted hoosier wrote:
<quoted text>Cmon man. You trying to turn it into a black white thing? If you look at the % of black players to white in the NBA what is it 70-30 that would mean if a player gets involved in something there is a 70% chance he is a black player it is just the makeup of the league, nice try though i am sure some idiots will take the bait. I sure miss watching the Pacers since I had to move. Kareem Rush went off tonight huh?
You people are stupid as hell! It is a black and white issue! You most likely would not see a black player hit another black player, but a black player would strike a white player without any hesitation. Just look at the previous three years when kobe Bryant elbowed those 7 players after attempting a shot. All those players he elbowed were white players. Marcus Camby taking a cheap-shot on Danny Ferry a few years after being fouled and got a cut. If Danny Ferry was a black guy then Camby would not have struck him. Ron Artest would not go after Ben Wallace after being hard hit from a foul, but he was quick to go after a small, white fan who threw some beer at him. This is a thug sport which has bitch ass black players who are racist themselves towards whites, and that's because their mad that there's white players in a black dominated sport. If you don't believe that, then your an idiot that's not educated in what's going on in society and basketball!
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Dec 18, 2007
 
No name wrote:
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You people are stupid as hell! It is a black and white issue! You most likely would not see a black player hit another black player, but a black player would strike a white player without any hesitation. Just look at the previous three years when kobe Bryant elbowed those 7 players after attempting a shot. All those players he elbowed were white players. Marcus Camby taking a cheap-shot on Danny Ferry a few years after being fouled and got a cut. If Danny Ferry was a black guy then Camby would not have struck him. Ron Artest would not go after Ben Wallace after being hard hit from a foul, but he was quick to go after a small, white fan who threw some beer at him. This is a thug sport which has bitch ass black players who are racist themselves towards whites, and that's because their mad that there's white players in a black dominated sport. If you don't believe that, then your an idiot that's not educated in what's going on in society and basketball!
some of that IS kinda true but I'd have to say that every situation is different. Remember when Shaq went after Brad Miller when he was with the Bulls? Shaq sure feels in the right to go after people when they foul him hard but when he hacked Charles Barkley I bet he felt Charles overreacted.

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