The Pacers continue to send positive vibes out from their training camp workouts which now amounts to eight practices with a game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday to put some of that hard work to the test in game situations.
Among the items of interest being reported from camp include:
- Danny Granger took some time off from practice on Wednesday after tweaking his back when he ran into a Darnell Jackson screen. The rest was reportedly solely for the back tweak and not the knee, although I'm sure the knee gave a wink and a nod to the back. Granger does expect to play on Saturday.
- With Granger will working back to full capacity, Vogel is leaning toward starting Lance Stephenson against the Bulls. While Vogel stressed that this is not an indication of any plans for the regular season, it remains an opportunity for Stephenson to continue showing his value in the starting role.
- Vogel expects Chris Copeland to play about 90% of his minutes at power forward. If so, it appears this would limit Cope's minutes although Luis Scola could certainly see time as a backup center against several teams which could create a small lineup that would be tough to cover. They'll have to be tough to cover because they will be challenged to stop opponents at the other end.
- According to Scott Agness, the Pacers had a light practice on Thursday which included Vogel sharing the Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake hashtag bit to put everyone in a good mood.
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