Note to Phoenix Suns head coach Terry Porter: Dont look past the Indiana Pacers. Though theyve been hauling the boat anchor in the Eastern Conferences Central Division all year, the team has beaten both the Celtics and the Lakers, and the Pacers have a solid young core centered on small forward Danny Granger, whos having a star-making year. Indiana also beat the snot out of the Toronto Raptors with last summers trade exiling the fast-declining Jermaine ONeal to Canada in exchange for T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, Maceo Baston, and the rights to Georgetowns Roy Hibbert, who the Pacers are bringing along slowly at center.
Wed., Jan. 7, 7 p.m., 2009
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