On the Pacers, who ended a six-game losing streak last Friday after Ron Artest, who has missed nine games, returned from a one-game team-imposed suspension:
"They've lost their spacing, ball movement and unselfishness. What you're seeing is a lot of dribble penetration. Early in the season they were moving the ball more freely, and it was hard for defenses to recover. Now the defense is just collapsing because whoever has the ball tries to make a one-on-one move. Everybody talks about Artest's ability defensively, but he's a good ball handler who can be overpowering at the offensive end, too, and it hurts them when he's not available."