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After Ron, a transition game

Updated: January 6, 2006, 2:54 PM ET
By Tim Legler
ESPN Insider

As much as we are entertained by the Ron Artest soap opera, the real-life victims are the Indiana Pacers, who have to continue to play three or four games a week.

Before Thursday's gutty 99-89 win in Golden State, the Pacers had lost five of their last six. Overall, they are just 6-6 since Artest asked for a trade.

Some think the Pacers are probably distracted by the Artest affair, but I don't think that's the real problem.

Rather, I think this situation creates two other problems.

First, ...

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