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IC Cold Links: Pacers Back In Action Against Charlotte, Trying To Keep Pace In East

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The Indiana Pacers play three games in four days this week before having a few days off for the All-Star break next weekend.

After trudging through a five-game losing streak, winning these next three games against the Charlotte Bobcats (twice) and New Orleans Hornets is big to help the Pacers keep pace with the upper middle class of the Eastern Conference. Currently the Pacers are sixth overall in the East but among a group of four teams (Philadelphia, Orlando and Atlanta) that are all within a game and a half of each other for the three through six spots.

Atlanta lost last night in Portland, so a win tonight would even up the Pacers and Hawks for the fifth spot. That's how quickly things can change one way or the other. But with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks gradually working their way up in the East winning remains the only goal, regardless of the opponent.

Check out the links after the jump which includes an interview with Roy Hibbert trying out some deadpan All-Star humor and Frank Vogel working to figure out ways he can keep his team successful on the court. Also, good news on the George Hill front after he took part in practice on Saturday morning, although didn't scrimmage.