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Johnson made an impact

Orlando Johnson's name was nearly lost in Thursday's news of the Pacers' trade, which sent Danny Granger to Philadelphia for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. That's what happens when you average just 2.4 points per game and fall out of the playing rotation. Too bad. A year ago at this time, Johnson seemed to have a future in the NBA as a solid role player off the bench. He still might, but he's going to have to ...

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Paul George profiled in ESPN the Magazine

by Wheat Hotchkiss It's been one heck of a week for Pacers forward Paul George. On Sunday, the Pacers' 23-year-old budding star started the All-Star Game for the first time in his career, scoring 18 points and hitting three late free throws that gave the East the lead for good in a 163-155 win. Now, George is on the cover of ESPN the Magazine's latest issue, which hits newsstands Friday. This issue is being ...

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What They’re Saying – February 18

Here's a look around the world wide web at what people are saying about the Indiana Pacers: USA Today: "The Vogel hug is far more prevalent than the Vogel hammer, so to speak, and it's hard to argue with the results. In this environment in which players have improved at a remarkable rate and Indiana finds itself with pole position over the Heat heading down the second-half stretch, the Pacers have progresse ...

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Around the House: Nancy Leonard

Pacers.com's Eddie White goes "Around the House" with Nancy Leonard, wife of Pacers' legend and Hall of Famer Bobby "Slick" Leonard. On Friday, February 14, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Slick would be inducted into the Hall of Fame. ...

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George Looks to Get Back on Track

Paul George went, as he put it, "cold tubbin'" after the Pacers' loss to Dallas on Wednesday. His body was sore and weary, and his mind didn't seem far behind. George, who normally is at his locker and available to the media as soon as the locker room opens after games, didn't arrive until 10:25, about an hour after the Pacers scored a season-low 73 points in an eight-point loss to the Mavericks. I was the ...

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George readies for dunk contest; Dr. Dunk weighs in

For the second time in three years, Paul George will look to show off his athleticism and finishes at the rim at the annual Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend. "I'm gonna take it home," George proclaimed on the television broadcast of the Celebrity Game Friday night. "I feel like I got to redeem myself for 2012 so that's what tomorrow night is going to be about." George tied for third during his particip ...

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Analytic devices used by Pacers to be tested in D-League

"Analytics" is the hot buzzword in athletics. Leagues and teams constantly are seeking for ways to gain any kind of advantage. Before this season, the league installed SportVU player tracking technology in all 30 arenas and much of the data is available to fans at NBA.com/stats. The NBA announced on Friday that they would begin testing "groundbreaking performance analytic devices" in D-League games soon. In ...

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