Pacers Links: Pacers hit the road with focus on Magic

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The Pacers have some work to do on the road in Orlando on Friday before they can start thinking about their matchup on Sunday in South Beach.

Asked about his upcoming road trip to Florida, Frank Vogel wouldn't take the bait and share his thoughts on the Indiana Pacers matchup on Sunday with the streaking Miami Heat. Instead, Vogel said all of the team's focus was on beating the Orlando Magic on Friday.

Good thing since the Pacers don't have time to look ahead or they'll get caught falling behind in the Eastern Conference. Road wins against any opponent are key at this point for the Pacers and considering they lost the last time they visited the Magic Kingdom in mid-January, focusing on beating the Magic this time around is critical. The trade deadline (J.J. Redick) and injuries (Glen Davis) make this a different Magic team, but this remains a just win, baby situation for the Pacers.

Among the links today is a fun story from Scott Agnes on the continuing development of Lance Stephenson, specifically his ability to take the ball off of a turnover or rebound and push it up the floor in transition. Stephenson is a load when he gets a head of steam up with the ball which has generated some highlight fast breaks over the past few weeks.

Apparently one of of the coaches, in an effort to continue encouraging Stephenson to push the ball up the floor, has added a 'Gump' name tag to his locker to remind him to keep running like Forrest Gump.

Check out the links:

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

Pacers-Magic Preview - AP

Lance Stephenson an Open-Court Menace | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Magic vs. Pacers: Indy looks for revenge - Orlando Pinstriped Post

Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger could miss another week with knee injury - NBA News | FOX Sports on MSN

Abundance of state players faring well in NBA | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

PBT Extra: Can the Pacers snap Heat’s streak Sunday? | ProBasketballTalk

Glen Davis: Glen Davis is trying a vegan diet - OrlandoSentinel.com

Dwight Howard has alienated everybody he ever knew in Orlando - OrlandoSentinel.com

NBA scores 2013: J.R. Smith can't save the Knicks, Nuggets scorch Clippers - SBNation.com

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