After winning games on back-to-back nights this past weekend, practice time is plentiful for the Indiana Pacers to keep working through their early season issues while staying fresh and ready for game time.
The Pacers play the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday after three full days off, which will be the first of four games in ten days with no back-to-backs and another three off-day stretch in the middle. Those three off days come between home games so make that three, travel-free off days.
The players may not enjoy all of the practice time, but Jim O'Brien certainly does as he continues to pound his young team into shape as they prepare for each game. The opponents toughen up after the road game in Philly, with the Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets visiting the Fieldhouse, but the Pacers should be primed and ready to give each their best.
After the jump, a few links of interest with stories on Paul George and T.J. Ford, and the Pacers moving up in a coupld of power rankings.
PACERS: Ford not starting but finds himself finishing
Bruno reports on T.J. Ford making the most of his playing time thus far regardless of when that time arrives during the game.
Pacers' Paul George settling in
Mike Wells reports on Paul George taking advantage of playing time early in his rookie season.
NBA Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
After week one, Marc Stein slots the Pacers at 16 in his power rankings. Bring on the playoffs!
East contenders provide a fascinating Week 1 | NBA.com
Week 1 is in the books and it certainly provided some interesting results, especially in the Eastern Conference.
- Red Claws Draft Magnum Rolle, Steal of the D-League Draft -- NBA FanHouse
Pacers Crate: Ukraine Train rolls into Crate
In the latest episode of Pacers Crate, assistant coach Vitaly Potapenko joins the boys.
- JO and Marquis Had a Fun Halloween
Agent: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies sign contract extension - ESPN
Congrats to Mike Conleyfor getting that second contract with Memphis. His play appears to have improved early this season and obviously the Grizz think so as well.
Al Horford, Hawks Agree on Contract Extension -- NBA FanHouse
A top free agent power forward option for next summer is officially off the board.
Teammates recall basketball great's eternal friendship
Peter Vecsey offers a history lesson on Maurice Lucas.