Pacers Have a Changing of the Guard: Rush’s Return Sends Dunleavy to Bench

November 7th, 2010 by Chad Smith Leave a reply »
Through the first five regular season games this year, the Pacers have had the same starting lineup. That could change Tuesday night.

Brandon Rush was suspended by the league for the first five games of the regular season after he failed three drug tests last year. His return, coupled with the struggling Mike Dunleavy could prompt head coach Jim O'Brien to start Rush at SG, and move Dunleavy to the bench.

Dunleavy is only shooting 34 percent from the field this season, and just 24 percent from beyond the arc. Shooting is Mike's biggest strength, so when he isn't shooting well, he doesn't provide the team with very many positives.

He also has a slightly sprained knee, which prevented him from practicing on Saturday.

This could give the Pacers the boost they need after suffering two terrible defeats at the hands of the 76ers and Bucks. They will most likely need a more athletic two guard to defend the players that they will be facing in the next week.

Some of the shooting guards they will be facing include J.R. Smith, Kevin Martin, Joe Johnson and Eric Gordon. Obviously Brandon is a quicker and better defender than Dunleavy in these matchu ...

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