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With 30 games remaining, their goal is to develop the young players and fix problems that have led to their worst record to date since the 1988-89 season. "Anything is possible, but we have more pressing things to worry about," swingman Mike Dunleavy said. "We need to improve in so many areas for us to be worthy of being a playoff team. We can work toward that each day, but it's not even worth mentioning." The challenge of getting back on track is difficult. The Pacers' next 16 games, including 11 on the road, are against teams with better records than Indiana's, starting tonight against visiting San Antonio. The Pacers are closer to landing one of the top five picks in the June draft than catching Chicago. "You have to string some wins together before I start talking about playoffs with these guys," coach Jim O'Brien said. "If we can work our way back in by winning, then it can be a subject we can take seriously again." O'Brien is too competitive to throw in the towel, however. He will continue to push his team to fix common mistakes. The Pacers have driven O'Brien crazy with turnovers, lack of movement on offense and porous transition defense. "I think it's being more consistent with the basics and doing the things we're supposed to do," Dunleavy said. "Doing the things we do sometimes, but not all the time. It's going to be important for us to develop habits where we very rarely are messing up on those mental mistakes. That's how you become a playoff team." O'Brien said he has no problem playing younger players who earn the right in practice. "We don't throw anybody bones. They earn it," O'Brien said. "You earn time on the court when you're doing the things and playing with the intensity, the smarts we need you to play with when we have a chance to practice." In other words, don't expect to see A.J. Price, Solomon Jones and Josh McRoberts starting unless they beat out a veteran teammate or another injury happens. All-Stars in Indy? Not soon The All-Star Game drew a record crowd to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, but it didn't launch a campaign to bring the event to Lucas Oil Stadium. Pacers Sports & Entertainment president Jim Morris said the franchise's top priority is get the Pacers back in playoff contention. "The (All-Star Game) was successful when it was held here in 1984, and we would like to have it back here again, but that is something for later down the road," Morris said. "Our focus right now is having the Pacers and Indiana Fever compete for a title." Pacers' injury update Jeff Foster had successful lower back surgery, the team said. He should be ready for training camp in October. Tyler Hansbrough (ear infection) is out indefinitely. A.J. Price (concussion) is day-to-day. Going low New Jersey and Minnesota have the two worst records in the NBA. Here's a look at the next five in the lottery standings. The Pacers have the second- fewest games remaining against current playoff teams, which might hurt their shot at a top-five pick in the June draft. (* -- before Tuesday's game) (thumbnail)
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