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Pacers Upset Nets

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The Indiana Pacers just marched into New Jersey and took game one from the Nets, scoring the first upset of the playoff season. Maybe we should take a quick break from thinking about all the problems that the Nets can cause the Heat in the 2nd round, and worry about the problems that the Pacers can cause the Nets in the 1st round.

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Anthony Johnson was sent to the free-throw line with .9 seconds left when Nenad Krstic was called for a little ticky-tack foul when he caught a handful of Johnson's jersey. Maybe most refs let that go in that situation, but the grabbing of a jersey is an easily noticable thing. Krstic put himself in that position.

The Pacers played some pretty solid defense, and New Jersey made it easy for them by refusing to run their sets and settling for contested jumpshots all day long. And when you're settling for jumpshots, and you go 1-15 from three-point land, you're probably not going to win. Vince Carter did have 31 for the Nets, though, despite his personal 1-8 from beyond the arc.

This game was on TNT, but I wanted to point out quickly that ABC added Mike Wilbon to their studio team for today's game. Yesterday, it was Dan Patrick and Mark Jackson going at it by themselves, but it finally registered with someone at ABC that Mark Jackson lacks a personality. Hence, the emergency addition of Wilbon. PTI is slowly taking over ABC.