Updated: November 9, 2012, 1:28 AM ET

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Pacers Have Bigger Problems Than Just Granger

By John Hollinger

ATLANTA -- It looked like the type of win that can turn around a season. The Pacers were up by 14 points on the road in Atlanta, with just six minutes left, and had shown few signs of the offensive struggles that plagued them in their first four games.

And then, befuddled by a Hawks zone, here's how the next 10 possessions went:

  • Missed 23-footer.

  • Missed 20-footer.

  • Blocked shot at rim.

  • Turnover.

  • Missed 26-footer.

  • Missed 22-footer.

  • Turnover.

  • Missed 7-footer.

  • Missed 23-footer.

  • Turnover.

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  • 5-on-5: Most entertaining teams in the NBA?

    By ESPN.com
    1. Which Eastern Conference team is most entertaining?

    Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN.com: Occam's Razor ... also known as the Miami Heat. It's incredible to think there was a time in early 2011 when the Heat were unwatchable, but it's true. Then LeBron James was sold on harnessing his talents to their fullest, the court opened up and we began to see the speed and skill game we expected from the Heat.

    Danny Chau, Hardwood Paroxysm: The Knicks. While the Cleveland Cavaliers' backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters has made quite a statement in their first five games, they just can't compete with the thrill of watching Rasheed Wallace play again. As of this morning, the Knicks are undefeated at 3-0. Wallace has played in all three games. I don't think that's a coincidence.

    Hayes Davenport, Celtics Hub: The Knicks. The combination of Carmelo Anthony liking basketball again, Steve Novak throwing up Discount Double Checks, a 35-year-old Argentine rookie and the bewildering presence of Rasheed Wallace has been difficult not to enjoy. It's also important to note that they're playing J.R. Smith, a player criticized basically for being too entertaining.

    Dan Feldman, PistonPowered: The Knicks have played excellent basketball so far, which is entertaining enough. But looking at this ridiculous roster, it will be even more entertaining when a larger sample exposes the Knicks for what they are: a mediocre playoff team. Oh, and they have Rasheed Wallace -- which makes them No. 1 regardless of anything I wrote above.

    Ian Levy, Two-Man Game: The Cleveland Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving is officially a must-watch from now until age robs him of his wits or physical capabilities. Amazingly, the overweight and overwhelmed summer-league version of Dion Waiters has evaporated, replaced with a dynamic and efficient young guard. They may lose as often as they win this season, but a glimpse of the future is tough to turn away from.

    Click here to read the entire 5-on-5


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