- The Washington Times - Friday, November 23, 2001

Seen and heard last night at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis:

POINT WELL TAKEN If you want to see Indiana coach Isiah Thomas blush, mention his starting point guard, Jamaal Tinsley.

Tinsley was drafted by Memphis with the 27th pick and then dealt to Atlanta. The Pacers acquired him over the summer in exchange for a future first round pick, and the Pacers couldn't be happier.

Tinsley went into the game having led the Pacers in scoring the previous two nights, and he was coming off a 29-point effort the most by a Pacers rookie since Reggie Miller went for 31 in 1988. Tinsley came into the game averaging 10.9 points and 7.7 assists.

"I love him," said Thomas, who knows a thing or two about playing point guard. "When I saw tapes of him back in February I asked [Pacers president] Donnie Walsh why he was showing me tapes of him, because I didn't think we had any chance of getting him. But Donnie got him. Donnie's real good. Real good."

DISTRICT'S FINEST It seems Washington product DerMarr Johnson still hasn't impressed anyone. Last night a scout from a Central Division team was critiquing Johnson, the sixth pick in the 2000 draft, and the reviews were not good.

"I'd cut him," were the first words out of the scout's mouth. "I saw him the other day. A guy stole the ball from him and he didn't make any effort to get back on defense. None at all. The least you can do is run. Honestly I don't see anything about his game that I like."

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