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What They’re Saying – October 30

Here's a look around the web at what people are saying about the Pacer's season opening 97-87 win against the Orlando Magic. EightPointsNineSeconds: While the first half of tonight’s 97-87 Indiana victory showed some of last year’s “bad” – anemic offense (88/100), poor ball control (13 turnovers), bench blahs (reserves outscored 27-5) – the second half brought last year’s good, along with some promise. Read ...

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Indiana State honors Bird with statue

Larry Bird has never been one for self-promotion, so the idea of having a 15-foot statue of himself standing on the campus of Indiana State University isn't entirely comfortable for him. He'll gladly accept the honor, however, as a reminder of the good times he had in college when he led the Sycamores to the championship game of the NCAA tournament in 1979. “This is obviously very special,” he said before T ...

Read more Staff Season Predictions

With the 2013-14 season tipping off tonight, the staff decided to compile predictions for the upcoming season. See who each of us picked to make the playoffs and hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy, as well as our best stab at the yearly awards. Our esteemed panel: Mark Montieth, Writer Scott Agness, Beat Writer Jeff Tzucker, Editor-in-Chief Wheat Hotchkiss, ...

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Pacers hang fifth ‘Division Champions’ banner

The Pacers have raised another banner to the rafters of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This banner, the franchise's fifth of its kind, commemorates the 2012-13 team that went 49-32 and won the Central Division. "It's important to hang banners," coach Frank Vogel said last April once the division title was secured. "The banners will be there forever. You can come back 30 years from now and see that banner and say, ...

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Stephenson would just as soon come off the bench

One would think that Lance Stephenson would have felt at least a twinge of pleasure when he learned Danny Granger will be out for the first few weeks of the season with a muscle strain. After all, that guarantees him a place in the starting lineup for awhile, and perhaps for the season if things go well -- a nice perk for a player in a contract year. What he felt, however, was a twinge of disappointment. Fo ...

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VIDEO: Paul George featured in Yahoo Fantasy Spot

As Paul George's brand continues to grow, so does the list of requests. The Pacers' young star is featured in yet another promo, this time for's Yahoo Fantasy television promo, as we reported two weeks ago. A group of people are in an elevator debating about fantasy basketball and one young guy says, "Your first rounder's got to give you points, boards, and assists..." That's when George steps onto ...

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The meaning of Granger’s latest injury

So, Danny Granger is out three weeks with a strained left calf. This will surely ignite more cries of “he's done” in cyberspace and on the airwaves, no matter how illogical that argument seems for a muscle strain. Injuries are like bad reputations. Once you have one for a prolonged period of time, it's nearly impossible to repair your image. The question becomes, is this merely a blip in Granger's comeback ...

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Granger to miss at least the first two regular season games

Pacers forward Danny Granger continues to be bothered by strained left calf and it'll keep him out at least the first two games, Pacers coach Frank Vogel declared Sunday after practice. The Pacers open the regular season on Tuesday against the Orlando Magic, and then they play in New Orleans on Wednesday. "He’s just doing some light shooting and stuff," Vogel said. "As long as he’s feeling anything down the ...

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