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George’s dunk one for the ages

Paul George's reverse 360 dunk toward the end of the Pacers' win over the Clippers on Saturday is still all the rage around the NBA, the subject of endless video replays and verbal debate. It deserves lingering reflection. It wasn't just a 360-degree spin. It was better than that, because George spun in a clockwise direction. For a right-handed player, that's more than 360 degrees. And, he had the courage t ...

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An endorsement from the coach

Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 28 points. Paul George scored 25. Danny Granger and C.J. Watson were better than solid off the bench. The first player Frank Vogel wanted to talk about following the Pacers' 117-89 victory over New York on Thursday, though, was David West, who turned in his usual Groundhog's Day performance. West finished with 12 points in 27 minutes, added four assists and blocked a co ...

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Bill Donella, original P.A. voice, passes

Bill Donella, the Pacers' original public address announcer, passed away Tuesday morning. Donella's booming baritone was one of the memorable features of Pacers games in the franchise's early years. He moved with the team from the Fairgrounds Coliseum to Market Square Arena in 1975 and was replaced a few years later by Reb Porter. Donella also worked at Channel 13 for several years as a backup sports anchor ...

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Halftime videos inspire Pacers

Frank Vogel no longer addresses his team in the locker room at halftime. What's the point? How many times and how many ways can you tell a team to pick up the defensive effort in the second half. “I just have a tape recorder,” he said. “I don't even go in there any more.” He's joking, of course, but he could be forgiven for trying it that way. His team's habit of starting slowly and taking a small lead or a ...

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Fans should be happy Pacers were left out

Five NBA games were televised on Christmas Day, none of which included the Pacers. Doesn't seem right, right? One third of the league got to play in the short-sleeved showcase events, including two blatantly bad teams, New York and Brooklyn. Seems there should have been room to squeeze in the team that shares the league's best record with Portland and Oklahoma City, right? Here's the thing. The NBA and its ...

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George Making a Habit of Softening Harden

The numbers are irrefutable. The trend is undeniable. James Harden, regarded as one of the better shooting guards in the NBA, one who was averaging 24.4 points on 45 percent shooting before Houston passed through Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday, meets his match when he faces Paul George. Meets his mismatch, actually. Harden hit just 3-of-14 shots in the Pacers' 114-81 victory over the Rockets, and only on ...

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Mayweather adds punch to Fieldhouse fan base

Floyd Mayweather stands 5-foot-8 and weighs about 150 pounds. In other words, he's an inch shorter and 30 pounds lighter than Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas, the NBA's smallest point guards. But he's also a five-division boxing world champion, regarded as “pound for pound” one of the greatest fighters of all time. That's why some of the Pacers players seemed honored to have him in the front row at Bankers ...

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If Harrington could turn back time …

Al Harrington is 33 years old now, and seemingly on his last leg in the NBA. He serves as a marker for veteran Pacers fans, for whom it seems like just a few years ago he was “Baby Al” and the virtual foster child of his Pacers teammate, Antonio Davis. Harrington was in Bankers Life Fieldhouse Friday for the Pacers' game with Washington, his seventh team and his eighth stop in a 15-season career. He's sitti ...

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The folly of fast starts

It's one of the most weathered cliches in sports, uttered endlessly by people who get paid to tell you what you don't already know about a game. We're talking about fast starts, and the purported need to have one in a basketball game. The theory is that a team that might be lacking confidence, or feel inferior to its opponent, needs to start quickly to prop up its emotions and build some mojo. Doug Collins ...

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