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George returns to the dunk contest: ‘I think I owed it to my fans’

Pacers swingman Paul George will participate in the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend held next weekend in New Orleans. Despite indicating early on that he would rather enjoy most of All-Star weekend off, George ultimately decided to compete after a little persuasion. "I just thought it was a move that should've been done," George said of his participation. "Get some superstar power back into the du ...

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They just find a way

Stars gotta shine, right? How else can a team beat an elite opponent whose own stars are burning? The Pacers are the exception to that seemingly obvious rule, and that exception is (1) the foundation of their success, (2) the explanation for their league-best record and (3) the reason they pulled out an unlikely 118-113 overtime win over Portland at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday. All-Stars Paul George a ...

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What They’re Saying – February 7

Here's a look around the web at what people are saying about the recent signing of center Andrew Bynum, Lance Stephenson's All-Star snubbing, Paul George entering the dunk contest once again and the Pacers matchup with the Blazers Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN. USA Today: "Well, who wouldn't want to emulate Super Bowl champs? And who wouldn't want to emulate the Pacers? Defense wins championships, doesn't ...

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VIDEO: Hibbert visits a third-grade class, encourages kids to Dream BIG

"Big Roy loves the kids." That's a phrase Roy Hibbert told Pacers employees when he first arrived in Indy as a 22-year-old rookie. But it still holds true today. In conjunction with the NBA's 'Dream BIG' campaign, the Pacers' big man made a surprise visit to a third-grade class at The Paramount School of Excellence in Indianapolis on Jan. 13. While there all afternoon, he immersed himself with their activit ...

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Pacers Weekly: Brian Shaw

Mark Boyle chats with former Pacers assistant coach and current Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw on this edition of Pacers Weekly. Brian talks about how his time working alongside Frank Vogel has impacted his coaching career and his decision to make the move to Denver. ...

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Stephenson’s back injury will keep him out vs Portland; Granger to start

The Pacers will be without electrifying shooting guard Lance Stephenson Friday night when the Portland Trail Blazers make their only appearance to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The game, which tips at 7 p.m. EST, will air nationally on ESPN. Stephenson suffered a lower back bruise in the Pacers' win in Atlanta on Tuesday, but he exited the game in the third quarter after a nasty fall (watch below). Since, the fo ...

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Stephenson didn’t practice, day-to-day ahead of facing Portland

Lance Stephenson may miss just his second game of the season Friday night when the Portland Trail Blazers are in town. Stephenson didn't practice on Thursday and said he's dealing with a lot of pain after an awkward landing during Pacers' win on Tuesday in Atlanta. "He’s day-to-day," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said after Thursday's practice. "There’s a chance he plays Friday, but tomorrow we’ll see how he fee ...

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Around the House: Tom Pritchard

Eddie White goes "Around the House" with Tom Pritchard, who is a former IU basketball player, now working in the Pacers' front office as a Consumer Sales Executive. Tom talks about this academic and basketball success at IU, as well as what it's like to work behind-the-scenes for the team in the sales department. ...

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