O'Neal sprained his left knee in a collision with Chicago's
Ronald Dupress early in the second quarter off Indiana's 101-77
rout of the Bulls on Monday and had to be helped to the locker
An MRI on Tuesday revealed a bone bruise, but no damaged
ligaments in O'Neal's knee. But he is listed as doubtful. Seven-foot forward Jonathan Bender, who has missed the last two games with a sprained right shoulder, was placed on the injured list.
Bender, injured Friday night against Sacramento, has played in
only 18 games this season while serving several stints on the
injured list with left knee problems. He's averaging 7.1 points.
The Pacers activated center Primoz Brezec to take Bender's spot on the roster.
Reggie Miller scored 17 points Monday and Ron Artest and Al
Harrington added 15 apiece for the Pacers, who avoided their
first three-game losing streak of the season.
Dallas had won four of five before losing at Philadelphia on
Monday, 107-98, to drop to 1-1 on a five-game Eastern Conference
Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points to pace the Mavericks, who
allowed the 76ers to shoot 55 percent.
Indiana beat Dallas on the road on January 9, 92-80, and is
aiming for its first season sweep since the 1995-96 campaign.