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Pacers again in position to put stranglehold on series

The Pacers have been here before. Last season, in the second round of the playoffs against Miami, they were the lower-seeded team and stole one of the first pair of games on the road. When they returned to Indy, the Pacers won Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse was the difference. The Pacers even had an eight-point at intermission. Then, the game - and t ...

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Indy pulls in top rating for Game 3 on ABC

Lots of eyes were tuned to ABC on Saturday night for Game 3 of the Pacers-Knicks Eastern Conference semifinal. Indianapolis pulled in a 14.2 rating, the fifth highest-rated NBA playoff game ever on the network in the market, excluding the Finals. That 14.2 rating, which ranked first in the country, means that about 14.2 percent of all households with a television were tuned to ABC (WRTV locally) during that ...

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Pacers slighted in All-Defensive vote

Pacers swingman Paul George was voted to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team, the NBA announced Monday. But the news was bittersweet to head coach Frank Vogel and the rest of the Pacers because center Roy Hibbert failed to make either team and the group felt George was worthy of First Team honors. "It feels good," George, 23, said. "I take a lot of pride in my defense...That recognition will make me work to ...

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Pacers defense has taken away the Knicks’ best weapon

The 3-point shot. The old saying goes: "Live by the three, die by the three." Some old school folks dislike the three altogether. The New York Knicks are the most prolific 3-point shooting team in NBA history. They attempted 2,371 during the regular season and connected on 37.6 percent of them (891). But in these playoffs, specifically against the Pacers, their deep shots have gone awry. In the Pacers' 82-7 ...

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West hoping to remain a Pacer

It's not a subject anyone wants to discuss in too much detail with playoff games still to play, but it looms on the horizon. David West, the Pacers' acknowledged locker room leader and vital power forward, becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Without question, losing the 32-year-old guru would be a blow to a team that appears to have such a promising future. Pacers' management officials want to ke ...

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Stephenson giving the Ultimate Prom Experience

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson wanted to help make one teenager's prom special. Friday morning, he visited Southport High School to surprise senior Megan Conlin with the Ultimate Prom Experience. The students thought they were gathered for a convocation until Stephenson came out from behind the curtain. Conlin and her date, Matthew Russell, will receive "the works" for prom on Saturday. Stephenson had the st ...

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Combatting Monotony with Competition

Enough with the delay, the Pacers are ready for Game 3 on Saturday. They had Wednesday off, which allowed their bodies to rest up and their minds to refocus. Now after two days of practice, they're ready for the ball to be tossed up. "We've had an enjoyable but intense last couple days of practice," Vogel said Friday. Once again, much of practice was spent on ball security and fine-tuning their defense. Aft ...

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Vogel: Stoudemire’s Game 3 return only strengthens the Knicks

The Pacers will likely have another All-Star to contend with when their second round series against the New York Knicks continues Saturday night in Indianapolis. Knicks coach Mike Woodson expects to play Amar'e Stoudemire, who's been sidelined since mid-March, about 10 to 15 minutes. It would be Stoudemire's first game action since March 7. Stoudemire, a six-time NBA All-Star, missed the final 23 regular se ...

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Notebook: Turnovers, Timeout-Gate, No Excuse Saturday

The Pacers were back on the main floor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse after being on the road for the past seven days and three games. At Thursday's practice, the emphasis was on ball security following their Game 2 loss in New York. The best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal is tied at 1-1. They made too many mental mistakes, which hindered their chance of winning. Paul George threw the ball in anticipatio ...

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