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Stuckey Not Stuck on Triple-Double

The opportunity was there for Rodney Stuckey, a chance to do something he'd never done in his seven previous NBA seasons. He had 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists after three quarters of the Pacers' 110-91 win over the Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday, with plenty of time left to get the measly three assists that would give him his first career triple-double. He didn't get off the bench in ...

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Price here today, gone tomorrow — and back again

A.J. Price was signed by Cleveland Sunday, two days after he had been released by the Pacers. The Pacers had signed him three weeks earlier, a week after he had been released by Cleveland. Cleveland had signed him late in September. He was available because Minnesota had waived him in April. Minnesota got him because he had been left unsigned after one season with Washington, which signed him after the Pace ...

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Allen could give Vogel a headache

The dilemma is on its way, ready to give Frank Vogel a pounding headache. The kind of headache a coach can appreciate, but a headache just the same. “I've always said, the hardest thing about this job is telling guys who deserve minutes that they're not going to get minutes,” Vogel said before the Pacers defeated Orlando on Friday, 98-83. “There's some tough decisions there.” None tougher than the one attac ...

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Hill turns off Twitter, turns on game

As an eager rookie, looking to make a name for himself and build a brand, he was @KingxSolo. A clever and bold reference to the biblical character, King Solomon. After one season of NBA humble pie, he switched to @SoloHill. Simple and straightforward. And now, just a few weeks into what's shaping up as a potential breakout season for him, he's made himself invisible. Go ahead and tweet Solomon Hill if you m ...

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My favorite Pacers Player? Here’s One of Them

I've covered the Pacers off and on for a few decades now, so people often ask me if I have a favorite player. I don't. I've yet to meet a player I really disliked, just some that I liked more than others. And the guys most fans don't remember are often the most likable. One of my favorites is a guy who played in just 32 games for the Pacers. A guy who rarely played significant minutes other than garbage tim ...

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Copeland’s just chillin’

If you want to talk with Chris Copeland after a game, you better catch him quickly. Otherwise, you're in for a long wait. Copeland's routine after home games is unique among the Pacers. He'll undress after coach Frank Vogel has met with the players, taking a few minutes to chat with teammates or any reporters who wander by his locker, and then head for the cold tub in the training area. He'll sit there, num ...

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Lance’s Departure Creates Opening

On the surface of it, there's nothing good about the news of Lance Stephenson signing a three-year contract with Charlotte. Losing your starting shooting guard, a promising soon-to-be 24-year-old who was a legitimate All-Star candidate last season, doesn't bode well for a team regarded as a title contender. So now we wait to see what lies beneath the surface. Until that plays out, we can only sit back in a ...

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Butler’s There to Serve

Rasual Butler's box score from the Pacers' victory over Miami on Wednesday was nothing to write about. He played 4 minutes, 47 seconds in the second quarter, missed a three-pointer and committed a turnover. His game performance, however, was much better than that. He spent much of it standing on the sideline, communicating with the assistant coaches and with his teammates, a middle man between the two units ...

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Pacers Quiet The Storms

Sure, the Pacers appear to be getting it back together again, but just think how well they'd be playing if they didn't have all those chemistry issues, hadn't signed Andrew Bynum, and hadn't traded Danny Granger! Sorry, just had to make one last joke about all the rumors and theories swirling around them for the past couple of months, now that they've been smothered by denials, stats, fishing trips and Frid ...

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Pacers get their wish, for what it’s worth

The Pacers have played 202 playoff games in the NBA, but have never played a Game 7 on their home court. They will on Saturday, when they close out their first-round series with Atlanta, one way or another. They declared earning home court advantage their mission from the first day of training camp, but they had the Eastern Conference finals in mind, not a first-round matchup with Atlanta. Still, they have ...

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