The Pacers earned a couple of days off from practice after three consecutive strong outings prior to their Christmas break. Today they return to the Fieldhouse to begin preparing for a rematch with the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. The Nets looked even worse in their Christmas Day loss to the Bulls than they did getting rolled by the Pacers on Monday night.
Frank Vogel will have to dig into his bag of inspirational tricks to make sure his squad returns to the lethal level of play they were playing at before the break.
A couple of highlights from the links today include a defense of George Hill's value for the Pacers from Ian Levy. Hill is Larry Bird's Dennis Johnson, if you will, a shooting guard turned point guard who knows how the play the game. As Levy points out, G3's fits well in the starting five for the Pacers because of his ability to do so many different things at either end of the floor in a system that doesn't require a ball-dominant point guard.
Also, via Deadspin, this nice compilation of Lance Stephenson buckets from his return home to Brooklyn on Monday night. Whew, really nice. Also, check out the sweet Instagram vid in the Deadspin link.
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