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Copeland speaks candidly about his shooting

Chris Copeland is about as frank as they come in the NBA. After practice on Thursday, before the team headed to the airport to board their charter flight to Chicago, Copeland spoke openly about his preseason shooting woes. "I'm off," he said right away. "I'm always honest about that." Through four preseason games -- all losses -- Copeland is 8-for-34 from the field and just 5-of 25 from behind the arc. And ...

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Johnson sought Hill out, was all ears on the bench

Even though George Hill knew that he wasn't going to play Wednesday night for rest purposes, he still remained an active part of the team sitting amongst his teammates -- as did David West and Roy Hibbert. Orlando Johnson, who's fresh off his rookie campaign, talked with Hill ahead of the game and requested his help. "I asked George Hill to sit next to me just so he could talk the game out to me," Johnson s ...

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Mavs coach Rick Carlisle on returning to Indy, what Peyton Manning can expect

His annual trip back to Indianapolis is always special. Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle spent nearly a decade with the Pacers franchise, first as an assistant under Larry Bird (1997-2000), and later as the head coach (2003-2007). Coaching a Western Conference team, his team usually only visits once a year but that number was doubled because of a preseason contest. "This is a very important place f ...

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What They’re Saying – October 16

Here’s a look around the web at what people are saying about expectations for the Pacers in the upcoming 2013-14 season. Indy Star: Houston topped triple digits in both contests and averaged 20 fast-break points per game. For a Pacers team that ranked first in the league last season in suffocating transition scoring (9.8 points allowed to opponents), the poor defense looked out of place. However, the Pacers ...

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George, West, and Hibbert all out vs. Mavs

The Pacers will take the floor Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks for their fourth preseason game without three starters. Paul George has bronchitis and the frontcourt duo of David West and Roy Hibbert will take the night off, as previously planned. This wasn't a situation where guys asked for rest or still weren't feeling well from their week in Asia. Head coach Frank Vogel and his staff have a s ...

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VIDEO: Paul George leads off new NBA ‘Let It Shine’ spot

With the 2013-14 NBA season just 15 days away, the NBA has released a new commercial under the theme, "BIG IS ON." Instead of featuring the typical big names, like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant or Dwight Howard, NBA Entertainment went a different direction and highlighted the young stars in the game. Pacers swingman Paul George starts it off, and the spot also shows a sweet view of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Geor ...

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Knicks motivated by playoff exit to Pacers

This time of year, when guys are back with their teams and camp is underway, players are frequently asked what they worked on in the offseason. The cliché response is, "everything." Other times, players have a detailed list of items, which may have been particularly motivated by something. For the New York Knicks, they're still not over their second round loss to the Pacers in six games. Last week, as camp ...

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Lewis was captain of Spirited team

Freddie Lewis played 7 ½ seasons for the Pacers, and was the starting point guard and captain of three ABA championship teams. The largest quantity of his basketball memories draw from that time. Lewis went on to play just two seasons for The Spirits of St. Louis, but those years were hard to beat for quality memories. Not necessarily positive memories, but certainly quality memories. ESPN will debut a docu ...

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Division rivalry means something for both teams

Saturday night's game between the Pacers and Chicago Bulls wasn't just your ordinary preseason tilt. Beyond the atmosphere at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the lively crowd of 15,000 strong, guys on both sides were locked-in even though nothing was riding on the game. Or was there something, like confidence or bragging rights? Paul George agreed with the assessment of the crowd and conceded postgame that he d ...

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Antonio Davis goes back to his roots

Antonio Davis could barely take enough steps to commit a traveling violation without being stopped for a conversation. Returning to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where he never played in a Pacers uniform but where everybody knows his name, Davis was on hand to represent his current employer, ESPN, for Saturday's pre-season opener against Chicago. He's a TV guy now, like about half of his teammates from the last ...

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