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Pacers Will Need More from Hibbert, Hill to Win Title

Just two regular season games left, and where are the Pacers? As confusing as they've ever been. Perhaps as confused, too. Friday's 98-86 loss to Miami was worse than that score indicates, and not just because they trailed by as many as 23 points in the third quarter. They weren't nearly competitive enough for most of the second half. They squandered the night off Frank Vogel had given the starters on Wedne ...

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David West’s day at the office

David West arrived at his house shortly before 4 a.m. on Sunday after the Pacers' flight home from Boston. He got to sleep about 5 a.m. He got up about 11 a.m. He had to be at Bankers Life Fieldhouse by 3:30 p.m. Game time against Utah was shortly after 6 p.m. “I thought that was against the rules,” he said of the concept of playing two games in less than 24 hours. Apparently not, but it was against the law ...

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Pacers Continue to Increase Depth of Bench

  Imagine that it's 2012, just a couple of seasons ago. Andrew Bynum is a starter in the All-Star game. He's had a triple-double against Denver, a 30-rebound game against San Antonio and a game of 21 points and 22 rebounds against Houston. At the end of the season he's named second-team all-NBA. Luis Scola is a starting forward in Houston, averaging 15.5 points. He's two seasons removed from a 44-point ...

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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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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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Pacers turn 40, and looking fit

The Pacers have won 40 games. Today is Feb. 10. There's still one more game to be played before the All-Star break. Veteran fans should stop and reflect on that for a minute. Because veteran fans remember days when 40 wins made for a successful season. The Pacers failed to reach that round-number landmark in 11 of their first 13 NBA seasons, and had another five-year run of sub-40s from 2007-11. Wanna know ...

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A question yet to be answered

The Pacers are 39-11. Realistically, they could lose every one of their remaining 32 games and still make the playoffs. From a broad perspective, life in their world is good. Still, the occasional lapses in mental toughness, the lack of an edge, is a troubling quality for a team with legitimate championship ambition. The 17-point lead they blew at Orlando on Sunday is the latest, but hardly the only example ...

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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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