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Pacers’ George Takes Jump Shots at Practice

Pacers’ George Takes Jump Shots at Practice

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than three months ago, Paul George was being carried off the floor from a intersquad scrimmage with Team USA with a broken leg. On Monday, the Indiana Pacers forward was seen shooting jump shots with his teammates at practice.

Video surfaced from Pacers practice that showed George taking midrange jumpers as well as shooting some three-pointers in the gym following practice. The small forward suffered a grisly compound fracture in his right leg on Aug. 1 during a televised scrimmage with Team USA before the FIBA World Cup.

The 24-year-old has been cleared to put weight on his leg and begin upper-body workouts. George also proclaimed recently that he plans to play at some point during the upcoming NBA season.

A two-time All-Star, George has not missed more than three games in a season since the 2011-12 campaign. Last year he helped lead the Pacers back to the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

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Paul George Doesn’t Blame Team USA

Paul George Doesn’t Blame Team USA

NBA via Indiana Pacers(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Pacers All-Star Paul George spoke for the first time since breaking his leg during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas on Friday.

George wasn't putting any of the blame on Team USA for his "freak accident" and even said that he wanted to play on the 2016 Olympic team.

"Freak accidents happen," George said. "USA Basketball doesn't deserve any criticism from this."

George said he plans on being a leader on the bench for the rest of his teammates while he recovers.

"I plan on making a full recovery coming back from this," George said at a news conference. "I'm taking this in a positive way. I get to sit back and watch the game -- and just learn."

George and the Pacers haven't set a date for his return, but the All-Star wants to fully recover before he gets back on the court to avoid any other injury.

"I feel guilty about not being there for the start of (the) season," he said. "To not be a part of that, it hurts. Something I have to live with.

"The last thing I will do is feel like I am not a part of this team because I'm out."

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Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Shawn Marion met with the Indiana Pacers on Monday and had a face-to-face meeting with the team president, Larry Bird. The sit downs came after Bird urged the free-agent forward to play next year in Indianapolis after losing Paul George to a compound leg fracture.

Marion had been rumored to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and play with Lebron James, which is still a possibility. The Cavaliers however are restricted to only pay the big man a league minimum salary of $1.4 million per season while the Pacers will be granted a $5.3 million disabled player exemption due to George's injury.

The All-Star forward has said he wants to play for a contender if he does wind up leaving the Dallas Mavericks, where he has spent the last five seasons. Last season, the 36-year-old averaged 10.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.

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Paul George Suffers Serious Leg Injury

Paul George Suffers Serious Leg Injury

NBA via Indiana Pacers(LAS VEGAS) -- Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffered what appeared to be a serious right leg injury in the fourth quarter of the Team USA intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas Friday night. 

George was running after James Harden, who was on the other team, when his leg buckled prompting him to slide into the base behind the basket. 

After the play everyone immediately stopped in shock and awe as it appeared George had broken his leg just above his ankle. Coach Mike Krzyzewski, medics and members of George's family hurried to his side. 

George was treated on the court and had his leg put in an air cast before being taken off in a stretcher to a thundering applause.

The game was stopped after the incident.

"This is a very tough blow," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. "It's a first for us in USA basketball to have something like this take place. It's a tough situation for our entire organization, our coaches and players and very, very emotional. There's no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances."

George is being treat at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Las Vegas.

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Pacers Agree to Deal with Guard Rodney Stuckey

Pacers Agree to Deal with Guard Rodney StuckeyRonald Martinez/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Now that Lance Stephenson has taken his talents to Charlotte, the Indiana Pacers have signed guard Rodney Stuckey to a one-year deal. Terms of the deal have not been released yet. Stuckey had spent his entire ...

Hornets Agree to Deal with Lance Stephenson

Hornets Agree to Deal with Lance Stephenson

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Charlotte Hornets have reached a deal with one of the top free agents on the market as they've agreed on a three-year deal with former Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.

ESPN is reporting that the deal is worth $27 million. The Hornets have a team option in the third year of the contract as well.

"Lance is forever grateful for all the love he's received from Pacers fans. He is especially grateful to his teammates, Frank Vogel, Herb Simon, the Pacers management and most of all, Larry Bird," Stephenson's agent, Alberto Ebanks, said in a statement. "While we tried our best to come to the best possible terms for both sides, there was not sufficient flexibility in the terms of the contract, particularly the length of the contract."

What makes this a peculiar move for Stephenson is that the Pacers had offered Stephenson a five-year deal worth $54 million. He turned the deal down because he said he felt undervalued.

Stephenson's fourth NBA season proved to be his best as a pro. In 78 games, he averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.

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Larry Bird Wants Lance Stephenson Back on Pacers Next Season

Larry Bird Wants Lance Stephenson Back on Pacers Next SeasonJed Jacobson/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Despite his colorful performance during the NBA playoffs, the Indiana Pacers hope to bring back free-agent guard Lance Stephenson. Stephenson made headlines during the Pacers' series with the Miami Heat when h...

Frank Vogel Will Return to Pacers Next Season

Frank Vogel Will Return to Pacers Next Season

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Frank Vogel is safe next season, reports ESPN and Yahoo! Sports.  The Indiana Pacers decided that they will be giving Vogel another shot in the 2014-15 season after the team fell to the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night.

Vogel guided the team to their second straight Conference finals appearance, but has not been able to finish the deal against Miami.

Vogel will return to coach in his fifth season in the final year of his contract.

Indiana was almost upset in the first round by the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks and Vogel saw the team go 23-19 in the second half of the season.

Vogel is 167-100 in the regular season and 28-26 in the playoffs.

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Heat Advance to Fourth Straight NBA Finals

Heat Advance to Fourth Straight NBA Finals

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) -- It was the same old story in Miami on Friday night as another dominating performance from the Heat led to another appearance in the NBA Finals. Miami defeated Indiana 117-92 in Game 6, clinching their fourth consecutive Eastern Conference Championship.

The Heat became just the fourth team, and third franchise ever, to reach four consecutive NBA finals. The last team to complete the feat was the Boston Celtics (1984-87). Now they look to become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-2002) to win three straight NBA Championships.

Both LeBron James and Chris Bosh scored 25 points as Miami knocked out the Pacers for the third straight year in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat trailed 9-2 early but went on an 11-0 run to take a lead that they would not relinquish. With the win Miami set a franchise record with their 11th straight home postseason victory.

Indiana, which had led the Eastern Conference for most of the season, got 29 points from Paul George and another 16 from David West. Once again, Roy Hibbert was almost unproductive, scoring just eight points in the loss.

Miami led by as many as 37, their biggest margin at any point during the season. They now await the winner of the Western Conference Finals between Oklahoma City and San Antonio. The Heat beat San Antonio last season and took down the Thunder in 2012 to win their first of consecutive titles.

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George Scores 37, Pacers Stay Alive

George Scores 37, Pacers Stay Alive

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Paul George scored 21 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-90 do-or-die victory over the Miami Heat Wednesday, in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

The Heat lead the best-of-seven series three games to two.

"I just felt it. I felt in rhythm. I had to be aggressive," George said. "I tried to come out and be aggressive to start this game off, and I was getting looks. I got hot." That was something Heat forward LeBron James never had a chance to do: James was in foul trouble the entire game; he only played 24 1/2 minutes, scoring a career playoff-low seven points.

Despite the lack of production from James, the Heat hung in. Rashard Lewis scored 18 points, hitting 6-of-9 from 3-point land. Dwyane Wade also had 18 points as well as eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Heat had a chance to win the game at the end when LeBron James drove to the basket and dished the ball to Chris Bosh in the corner for a three, but Bosh's shot clanked off the rim forcing a Game 6.

The series now shifts to Miami Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/28/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) -- NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Indiana Pacers 93 – Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 3-2)

NHL Western Conference Final: Chicago Blackhawks 5 - Los Angeles Kings 4 (Kings lead series, 3-2)

MLB: New York Mets 5 (24-28) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (23-29)

Houston Astros 9 (22-32) – Kansas City Royals 3 (24-28)

San Francisco Giants 5 (34-19) – Chicago Cubs 0 (19-32)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (23-27) – Colorado Rockies 3 (28-25)

Miami Marlins 8 (28-25) – Washington Nationals 5 (25-27) 10 Innings

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (32-22) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (23-31)

Boston Red Sox 4 (23-29) – Atlanta Braves 0 (28-24)

Chicago White Sox 3 (28-27) – Cleveland Indians 2 (24-30)

Texas Rangers 1 (27-26) – Minnesota Twins 0 (24-26)

New York Yankkes 7 (28-24) - St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-24)

Milwaukee Brewers 8 (32-22) - Baltimore Orioles 3 (26-25)

Seattle Mariners 3 (26-26) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (29-23)

Oakland Athletics 3 (32-21) - Detroit Tigers 1 (29-20)

Arizona Diamondbacks 12 (22-33) - San Diego Padres 6 (24-30)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (23-28) - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (29-25)

 

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Frank Vogel: Pacers Confidence Shaken by Heat

Frank Vogel: Pacers Confidence Shaken by Heat

Rob Carr/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Miami Heat are just one win away from their fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals after Monday night's 102-90 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel believes his team has a lot to think about before Game 5 on Wednesday night.

"I think anytime you lose three in a row in the playoffs, it shakes your confidence some," Vogel said on Tuesday. "But we can't worry about that. All we've got to worry about is coming back and winning Game 5 and giving us an opportunity to come down here and win one game.

"We've won one game in each playoff series that we've played here the last two years. We should have confidence that we can do that."

The Pacers took Game 1 at home, but have lost three straight. The team will have home court if they're able to push the series to seven games.

"I think that is when we are at our best, when our back is against the wall," Pacers guard George Hill said. "We are going to be home in front of our fans and I'm sure they're going to be going crazy."

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Allen Helps Heat Scorch Pacers

Allen Helps Heat Scorch Pacers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) -- The Miami Heat trailed by as many as 15 points but Ray Allen netted all 16 he had as the defending champs rallied to a 99-87 win over Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals. With the win, Miami now leads the series by a final of 2-1.

Allen, who signed with Miami prior to last year, has always had a knack for racking up points when it matters most. Despite have zero points through the first three quarters, the 19-year veteran hit the first four three-pointers he attempted in the final 12 minutes.

Indiana had jumped out to an early 17-4 lead and eventually pushed it to 37-22 in the second quarter. The Heat would go on to outscore the Pacers 77-50 the rest of the way, taking control of the series.

"Tough loss for our guys," said Indiana head coach, Frank Vogel. "Thought we competed pretty well, came out of the gates really strong, got off to a good start and then didn't manage our foul trouble well and didn't manage picking up their defensive intensity well." 

The biggest blow came in the final moments of the third, and opening seconds of the fourth quarter. LeBron James hit a three-point shot with 1:21 left to play in the third to give Miami a 67-63 lead. As time expired in the period, Dwayne Wade buried a three of his own before doing the same thing to start the fourth and giving Miami a 10 point lead.

James finished the game with 26 points while Wade added 23 in the victory. Miami's defense was just as impressive, holding Indiana to just 47.7 percent from the floor including six-for-21 from downtown. Game 4 is Monday night in South Florida.

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LeBron James Leads Heat to Game 2 Victory over Pacers

LeBron James Leads Heat to Game 2 Victory over Pacers

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  LeBron James scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat rallied to burn the Indiana Pacers 87-83 on Tuesday night to even up the Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece.

Dwayne Wade led the Heat with 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter when the Heat went on a 12-2 run late to put the game away.

Indiana led 73-69 with 7:19 remaining when James and Wade took control of the game. Miami's defense gave up only eight points over the final five minutes.

"That's what's it's about," James said afterwards. "It's not going to be pretty. Not in the Eastern Conference. It's never pretty basketball in the Eastern Conference. It's about who can sustain runs. You know, who can get defensive stops? Who can not turn the ball over and who can get great shots? I think we did that in the fourth."

Lance Stephenson scored 25 points in the loss for the Pacers, while Paul George added 14. After working so hard to earn home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Pacers gave it away to the two-time defending champions. They'll need a win in Miami to earn it back.

Miami has won 11 straight games following a playoff loss and still has not trailed 2-0 in a series since the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

Game 3 is Saturday night in South Beach.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/20/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference Finals: Miami Heat 87 - Indiana Pacers 83 (Series tied, 1-1)

NBA Draft Lottery: The Cleveland Cavaliers win the first pick.

MLB: Atlanta Braves 5 (25-19) - Milwaukee Brewers 0 (27-19)

Baltimore Orioles 9 (23-20) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (18-26)

Cleveland Indians 6 (21-25) - Detroit Tigers 2 (27-14)

Los Angeles Angels 9 (25-20) - Houston Astros 3 (17-29)

Toronto Blue Jays 7 (24-22) - Boston Red Sox 4 (20-24)

Saint Louis Cardinals 5 (24-21) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (18-29)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (20-22) - Miami Marlins 5 (23-23)

Oakland Athletics 3 (29-16) - Tampa Bay Rays 0 (19-27)

Chicago Cubs 6 (16-27) - New York Yankees 1 (23-21)

Seattle Mariners 6 (22-22) - Texas Rangers 2 (21-24)

Chicago White Sox 7 (23-24) - Kansas City Royals 6 (22-23)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (24-22) - New York Mets 4 (20-24)

Minnesota Twins 5 (22-21) - San Diego Padres 3 (21-25)

Washington Nationals 9 (24-21) - Cincinnati Reds 4 (20-24)

Colorado Rockies 5 (26-20) - San Francisco Giants 4 (28-18)

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Pacers Prevail, Beat Heat in Game 1 of East Finals

Pacers Prevail, Beat Heat in Game 1 of East Finals

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indiana Pacers have the Miami Heat figured out for one game at least after their 107-96 win in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday.

Paul George led the way for Indiana with 24 points and seven assists and both David West and Roy Hibbert added 19 in the victory.

"There's nothing to celebrate. It's not like we won a championship. It's one game," George Hill said. "Yes, it was good, but if we come out and lay an egg on Tuesday, this game doesn't mean anything."

The Pacers had a 19 point lead late in the third and entered the fourth up by 13. West's layup gave Indiana 100-84 lead with 5:07 left.

Dwyane Wade scored 27 and LeBron James had 25 in the loss.  Chris Bosh was held to nine points and two rebounds.

"The game's still so fresh. It's too hard to just say, `Well, we need to do this better in Game 2," James said after the Heat lost for just the second time in 10 playoff games. "We need to evaluate our mistakes and things we did in Game 1 first before I can say what we need to bring to Game 2."

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Indiana Closes Out Wizards, Face Heat Next

Indiana Closes Out Wizards, Face Heat Next

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Despite a stumbling first round victory, the Indiana Pacers looked back to form on Thursday night when they beat Washington 93-80 to finish off the series four games to two. Indiana now advances to the Eastern Conference Finals to face defending champion Miami in a rematch of last year's conference finals.

"We're ready to go," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "I like the way we played this series. We have nothing but the utmost respect for the champs and we're excited to have another crack at them."

The Game Six win was not an easy one for the Pacers as they blew a 16-point second half lead before using their defense to pull away late. Washington was held scoreless for more than four minutes in the second quarter, giving Indiana a 52-40 halftime advantage. That was eventually erased, and the Wizards took a 74-73 lead with 8:30 to play.

However, David West came right back and hit a jumper to put the Pacers ahead for good. That basket triggered a 20-6 run to close out the game -- and the series. West finished the game with 29 points, including 18 in the second half, to pace all scorers.

John Wall was held to just 12 points for the Wizards and was 0-4 from three-point range. Marcin Gortat was Washington's leading scorer with 19 points. The Wizards advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and won a second round game for the first since 1982.

It has been a puzzling season for Indiana, who held a 46-13 record on March 2 before limping into the playoffs. After being pushed to seven games by eighth-seeded Atlanta in the first round, and losing Game 1 at home to Washington, the Pacers played impressively on the road and are 5-4 away from home in the postseason.

Indiana will now host the back-to-back champs in Game One on Sunday in Indianapolis. The Pacers and Heat went a full seven games last season with Miami defeating Indiana 99-76 in the decisive game.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semifinal: Indiana Pacers 93 - Washington Wizards 80 (Pacers win series, 4-2)

Western Conference Semifinal: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 - Los Angeles Clippers 98 (Thunder win series, 4-2)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 5 (18-20) - San Diego Padres 0 (19-22) - Game 1

San Diego Padres 6 (20-22) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (18-21) - Game 2

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (26-15) - Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (17-23)

Minnesota Twins 4 (19-20) - Boston Red Sox 3 (20-20) - 10 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (21-20) - Chicago Cubs 3 (13-26)

New York Yankees 1 (21-19) - New York Mets 0 (19-21)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (21-21) - Cleveland Indians 2 (19-22)

Baltimore Orioles 2 (21-18) - Kansas City Royals 1 (20-20)

San Francisco Giants 6 (27-15) - Miami Marlins 4 (21-21)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (21-18) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (18-23)

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Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  Don't look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row.

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games.

"When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series.

The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining.

"Give the Heat credit," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn't."

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19.

Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.

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George Erupts for 39 Points to Push Pacers Past Wizards

George Erupts for 39 Points to Push Pacers Past WizardsKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Paul George scored a career playoff-high 39 points, 28 of them in the second half, to help the Indiana Pacers erase a 19-point deficit and beat the Washington Wizards 95-92 Sunday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Confe...
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