Pacers Links: Pacers and Cavs tip off New Year's Eve early at Fieldhouse

Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Fieldhouse will be full for an afternoon tip on New Year's Eve as the Pacers try to add another W before the end of the year.

The Pacers have to adjust their internal game clocks on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. ET tip against the Cleveland Cavaliers. That means altering their schedule to raise the intensity at a time during the day when they are normally just starting to shake off an afternoon nap or rest following a shootaround.

Fortunately, two teams are playing under the same circumstances so it shouldn't be a factor in the outcome. Besides, as Mark Montieth noted in a conversation on Twitter about the players reaction to the early tip, Lance Stephenson is looking forward to playing this afternoon.

Umm...is it possible we've been watching a scaled-back version of Lance? He has a higher 'hype' level? This should be fun.

Before hitting the links, here are some highlights from the Mad Ants game with some of Solomon Hill's top plays. No, Hill did not pick up the nickname 'Tiny Dancer' on his first night in Fort Wayne.

Tiny dancer, NBA's Hill steal the show from The Journal Gazette on Vimeo.

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers vs Cavaliers | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Cavaliers-Pacers Preview - AP

Unlike most people, the Pacers stick to their resolutions - Indy Star

Recapping Hill debut | The Journal Gazette

Future unknown, but Stephenson, Pacers live in present - 1070 The Fan

Top 10 Moments of 2013 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Breaking Down Paul George’s Defense | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Anthony Bennett showing improvement just in time for more minutes | cleveland.com

Jason Lloyd: Returning to Lakers (briefly) makes most sense in Andrew Bynum trade market for Cavs - Cavs - Ohio

Lakers, Cavaliers reportedly talked about Pau Gasol for Andrew Bynum trade - SBNation.com

The Nuggets' long road to nowhere - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

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