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Pacers Trying to Ignore Favorable Schedule

The Pacers are saying all the right things about the remaining schedule that seems to tilt in their favor, running off all the relevant cliches. After Sunday's 94-74 victory over Philadelphia at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, one could hear talk of taking one game at a time, not taking any opponent for granted, and not getting too high over a win or too low over a loss throughout the locker room. Still, they shou ...

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Pollard over Duncan? Well, Maybe

San Antonio had the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NBA draft, having been stratospherically lucky by winning the lottery despite having the third-worst record the previous season. Tim Duncan, the All-American center from Wake Forest, was the consensus choice to go first, but Gregg Popovich had his doubts. He liked this center out of Kansas, Scot Pollard. “It's a true story,” Popovich said before the Spurs played th ...

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Scola Takes One Sitting Down

By not playing, Luis Scola had one of the most memorable games of his NBA career on Thursday. The eight-season NBA veteran was held out of the Pacers' win over New York at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, ending a streak of 277 consecutive appearances, the second-longest in the NBA. He wasn't sick, he wasn't injured, he wasn't suspended and he wasn't benched for poor play. He was rested. Coach Frank Vogel informed ...

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Turner Getting Opportunity

This latest performance aside, this has been a season of redemption for Evan Turner. He's re-establishing himself, tidying up the image that was tarnished during his bumpy 27-game ride with the Pacers last season. Turner entered Boston's game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday in the starting lineup and in the good graces of coach Brad Stevens. He was averaging 9.1 points on 47 percent shooting from the f ...

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Sloan knows the pain of a Christmas cut

Donald Sloan thought he was the only one. “Ever. In history,” he said. As it turns out, he's just one of 19. One of 19 NBA players to be released by a team on Christmas Day, that day of fellowship and good cheer. As in, “Merry Christmas, kid, we bring you bad tidings, now get out of here.” Actually, coach Byron Scott and general manager Chris Grant were polite about it when they called him into their office ...

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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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