Stojakovic sits out Game 5 with knee soreness

Updated: May 2, 2006, 7:58 PM ET
Associated Press

 Peja Stojakovic
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Peja Stojakovic sat out Game 5 of Indiana's Eastern Conference playoff series against the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night with a sore right knee.

Stojakovic, the Pacers' second-leading scorer in the regular season, also missed Games 2 and 4, both Pacers losses. He is averaging 11 points in the playoffs, eight below his regular-season average with the Pacers, but Indiana has won both games in which he has played.

"He wants to play," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's a significant situation. It's day to day, but it's one of those things that's tough to gauge. We're hoping he feels good enough for Game 6, but we don't know. We'll have to see."

Guard Jamaal Tinsley also missed his third straight game with a sore right Achilles' tendon.

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