Pacers Links: George Hill has special day with IPS; Pacers off to New York to face Knicks

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On the Pacers last day off at home, George Hill helped out with an IPS program that had a couple of surprises in store for him. Now the Pacers will make their final preparations for the Knicks before flying to NYC today.

The Pacers continue to prepare for the Knicks on Wednesday night while trying to tighten up areas that went awry in Chicago on Saturday night.

Paul George didn't feel any complacency heading into the game in Chicago, but the film revealed otherwise with the actions of his team on the court. One thing this Pacers team can't do, is take any game (or possession, for that matter) for granted or they will get beat.

Their strength is in the whole unit being tied together at the defensive end where the team's success starts. They will need to be on point defensively, even as the Knicks appear to be faltering fatally in the early season with some injuries and poor play that will likely cost Mike Woodson his job in the near term.

The problem with the Knicks, though is that they have guys like Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith who can show up at the gym on any given night and just throw in buckets from anywhere regardless of the defensive game plan. The Pacers will have to have their perimeter D tuned up and tuned into slowing down the Knicks small lineup and then just make the Knicks pay when it is their turn to defend.

A top team in the East bounces back and wins this game, plain and simple.

On a lighter note, George Hill continued his great work in the local community by taking part in a program to reward quality IPS teachers. As a product of IPS, G3 spoke from the heart about the teachers who helped him at Broad Ripple High School and then was surprised when one of those teachers showed up. Scott Agness has a great story with video covering the event.

Check out the links:

George Hill Finally Receives Letter Jacket, Reunites with Favorite Teacher | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Game Preview: Pacers at Knicks | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Ax Dr. Bruno: Pacers’ bench or Colts’ o-line? - 1070 The Fan

Game 7 loss inspires Paul George's improvement - Indy Star

Metta World Peace of New York Knicks has knee drained - ESPN New York

Opening Tip: Crisis of confidence at MSG? - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York

Monday Post-Practice Updates: Metta out, lineup changes possible, Chris Smith to Erie - Posting and Toasting

NBA hot seat: Jason Kidd, Mike Woodson, more face fire - USA Today

Jermaine O'Neal of Golden State Warriors day-to-day with knee bruise, hurt groin - ESPN

Danny Ainge tries to squash any Rajon Rondo trade rumors | ProBasketballTalk

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