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Rasual Butler to get minutes — Cody Zeller returns to Paradise

In an effort to continue to explore his roster, Pacers coach Frank Vogel will give Rasual Butler minutes at backup wing Friday night as the Pacers host the Charlotte Bobcats to Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m.). Butler, the last guy on their 14-man roster and the only one without a guaranteed contract, has received limited minutes in just seven of the 22 games this season. He has scored 12 points on 4-of-7 s ...

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Denari’s Den: CJ Watson

When Larry Bird returned to the Pacers as the President of Basketball Operations, one of the first players he targeted in free agency was veteran guard CJ Watson, who played last year in Brooklyn. Listen to CJ on his reaction to Bird wanting him on his team, his thoughts on the Pacers' fast start and how he made it as an undrafted rookie in 2007. ...

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Paul George an East All-Star starter after early returns

Pacers swingman Paul George is the second-leading vote getter amongst Eastern Conference players after early returns were released Thursday by the NBA. George, a first-year All-Star last season, has more than 489,000 votes and trails only LeBron James (609,336). "It means a lot," he said, with a smile. "To get votes, to have the population behind me, the public behind me and fans behind me, it means a lot. ...

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Granger not ready to return to game action

Danny Granger is excited to play again. That we know. But when he might make his season debut continues to be a fluid situation. Following his first full practice on Thursday, Granger said that he doesn't think he will play on Friday when the Pacers host the Charlotte Bobcats. "I don’t like where I’m at with my timing and my rhythm and obviously my conditioning," he said. "...I don’t feel like I’m ready yet ...

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Hibbert celebrates birthday with teammates at Timberlake concert

Roy Hibbert celebrated his 27th birthday Wednesday night at Justin Timberlake's show. Just a few songs in, Timberlake thanked the crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for their hospitality and then led the 15,000-plus fans in wishing the Big Dog a happy birthday. “It was great," Hibbert said of the serenade. "I appreciate Justin doing that, my fiancé setting that up and the entire Pacers organization doing that ...

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Takeaways from the Pacers’ round one win over the Heat

The Pacers (19-3) overcame a seven-point halftime hole and outscored the Miami Heat 50-37 in the second half en route to their 90-84 win. They'll do it all over in Miami in one week. My takeaways from the game: - The Pacers came out a little overhyped, or with "jitters" as they put it. It was like they chugged a few Red Bulls  — or less likely, it was the effects of returning home from a nine-day road trip. ...

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