The locker room can be a gross place, swimming with musk and communicable disease. It's actually amazing more basketball teams don't come down with group illness, given the travel, the near-daily physical exertion and the close quarters on and off the court. But Indiana has fallen victim to team flu, with Troy Murphy, Danny Granger and Marquis Daniels -- three of the team's top four scorers -- being hospitalized Friday.
None played Friday or Saturday, but the healthy Pacers represented the team well. On Friday, the Pacers took the Clippers to double overtime before submitting. Last night in Philadelphia, the short-handed squad came from behind to beat the Sixers 95-94.
T.J. Ford was questionable with a sore groin before the game, but played and put up 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. He also had the game-clinching shot over Andre Iguodala with a couple seconds left.
Even though the team's playing strong without its best weapons, I think the Simon brothers will be investing in some hand sanitizer and Vitamin C.