Pacers vs. Knicks Links: Still waiting for Game 3, Vogel discusses timeout

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The Pacers returned to work on Thursday while dealing with the long layoff between Games 2 and 3 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The long wait continues for Game 3 on Saturday night between the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. With this scheduled neither team should have problems playin' 'em one game at a time since looking ahead past the next game requires too much effort and some sort of telescope.

The Pacers were back at work on the court for practice on Thursday after taking Wednesday off. That meant a round of media interviews which allowed Frank Vogel to discuss the oft-criticized third-quarter timeout in Game 2 from a much calmer perspective than immediately following the game.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel admitted that nothing went right for the Pacers after he called timeout with three minutes left in the third quarter, but he did confirm the valid reasons for calling the timeout based on what he saw on the floor.

"The game changed at that point clearly. It wasn't my intent. You try to keep momentum at that point. I didn't feel we had them on the ropes in a two-point game, on the road with 15 minutes to play," Vogel said of the most scrutinized timeout of the playoffs. "I saw us have two or three possessions before that timeout that were bad possessions. One of them led to a [3-pointer late in the shot clock]. We looked tired. Certainly it didn't work out. Hindsight is 20/20, right?"

Quite easy to look back after a 30-2 run and say it was a bad timeout, even for the coach.

Both teams have another full day off on Friday to practice and prepare before the 8 p.m. ET tip on Saturday night.

Check out the links:

Off-Season Work Paying Off for Hibbert | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

2013 Pacers playoffs: What is more important? Paul George's perimeter defense or Roy Hibbert at basket? | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Pacers hope physical play gets them back on track - AP

Stoudemire's limit would be 10-15 minutes - AP

2013 Playoffs: Answering five key questions on the Pacers - Indy Sports Legends

Pacers’ Paul George confident he can slow down Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in Game 3 of Eastern Conference semifinal - NYPOST.com

Amar’e Stoudemire set to return in Game 3 of Knicks-Pacers series - NYPOST.com

Frank-ly speaking, Vogel regrets T.O. - NYPOST.com

Indiana Pacers say bracing for Knicks big man Amar'e Stoudemire no big deal - NY Daily News

Carmelo Anthony is the biggest thing in New York City sports right now, just as he wanted - NY Daily News

Knicks’ Shumpert, His Knee Fine, Is Soaring Again - NYTimes.com

Do the Knicks have room for Amar'e Stoudemire? | SportsonEarth.com : Shaun Powell Article

Tweet of the Day: Roy Hibbert - Sheridanhoops.com

Playoff plus/minus studs - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

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