Pacers Links: George Hill may rest for Pacers against Knicks

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The clash between the Pacers and Knicks remains important but for far different reasons than expected.

While it seems like a few months ago, it has actually only been a few weeks since the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks were engaged in dead heat for the second spot in the East. Half game leads were tossed back and forth as both teams played at a high level with Sunday's game in Madison Square Garden highlighted as game that would settle this things one way or the other.

Now that the big game is upon us, the outcome remains nearly as important but for the Pacers, the stakes no longer include the second seed. The Knicks magic number to clinch the No. 2 seed is one, so yeah, a Pacers win in MSG keeps hope alive, but winning has been a problem for Indiana of late.

After losing three of their last four games, the Pacers remain in need of another win to clinch three seed, forget the two. The Pacers may have to earn that three seed without starting point guard George Hill who desperately needs some rest for his ailing groin before the playoffs begin.

While Frank Vogel would like to lock up their playoff position before resting guys, he appears ready to keep Hill on ice until the playoffs start next weekend. The Knicks will be a problem with or without Hill especially since they've been playing so well lately and can give it once more push for a win against the Pacers and then, should they win, ease back for the final two games of the regular season.

Check out the links:

Nets at Pacers - Box score and highlights

Pacers' George Hill could miss Knicks game | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

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

Pacers Contemplating Holding Hill Out Until Playoffs | Pacers Blogs

Game Rewind: Pacers 109, Nets 117 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Brooklyn Within Reach of Third Seed | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers Insider: Loss to Nets is costly for struggling team | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Slumping Pacers may need to shut down Hill - 1070 The Fan

Pacers: It’s time to sit Hill | Pacers Insider

Nets beat Pacers, assured of at least No. 4 seed - AP

Nets escape Indiana with a 117-109 victory; Keep hope of grabbing the 3rd seed alive - NetsDaily

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Mount Epic Comeback, Still Lose to Nets | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

NY Knicks look to secure No. 2 seed with win against Indiana Pacers on Sunday - NY Daily News

The Knicks are probably playing the Celtics in the first round. - Posting and Toasting

Knicks list Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin, Marcus Camby as questionable vs. Pacers | NJ.com

Kobe Bryant has surgery and Lakers will operate without him - latimes.com

Lakers weren't strong enough to protect Kobe Bryant from himself - latimes.com

Spurs waive Stephen Jackson after disagreements about his role - Yahoo! Sports

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