Pacers short-handed for preseason opener

Oct 1, 2009 - 6:56 PM INDIANAPOLIS(AP) -- The Indiana Pacers will be without several key players when they host Chicago in their preseason opener Friday night.

The Pacers, who finished 36-46 last season and missed the playoffs for the third straight year, are expected to play without starter Mike Dunleavy (knee), first-round draft pick Tyler Hansbrough (shin), backup guard Travis Diener (toe) and free agent guard Earl Watson (personal reasons).

Starting forward Troy Murphy is listed as questionable with a sprained left ankle.

Coach Jim O'Brien didn't announce his starting lineup for Friday, but All-Star forward Danny Granger and point guard T.J. Ford are expected to highlight the first unit.

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