<
>

O'Neal's knee 'feels pretty good'

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers starters Jermaine O'Neal and
Jamaal Tinsley are expected to play in Game 5 of the Eastern
Conference Finals despite nagging injuries.

Tinsley left practice early on Saturday to have an MRI on his
injured left leg, which has hamstring, knee and ankle problems.

O'Neal practiced with a brace on his sprained left knee, but
said he fully intended to play against Detroit in Game 5 on Sunday
in Indianapolis.

O'Neal sprained his left knee in the first quarter of Game 4
when he landed awkwardly after jumping for a rebound with Detroit's
Ben Wallace.

"It feels pretty good," said O'Neal, who has had treatment and
medication to help keep the swelling down. "It's not even an
issue."

Tinsley seems to be a bigger question mark, though Carlisle
said, "I don't anticipate him not being able to start."

Tinsley has been slowed by his left leg nearly all series. He
sat out the fourth quarter of Game 4 and said afterward that his
"left leg is gone," but he planned to play in Game 5.

The Pacers tied the best-of-seven series 2-2 with a convincing
83-68 win in Detroit on Friday.