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Plenty of observations coming out of Pacers camp with eight practices completed since last Saturday.

Mike Ehrmann

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.

Plenty more nuggets of info in the links below.

Agness’ Observations: Training Camp 2013 | Pacers Blogs

Granger recovering from back "tweak," misses practice | Pacers Insider

Twitter / CandaceDBuckner: It's not entirely settled yet ...

Expect to see Copeland in the PF position | Pacers Insider

Hill has a point about his position with Pacers

West Draws Line in the Sand for Pacers | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

NBA training camp battles to watch | The Point Forward - SI.com

Hill Leading By Example | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Five NBA offenses on the rise in 2013-14 | The Point Forward - SI.com

Brad Stevens keeping it cool as Boston Celtics open camp - ESPN Boston

Danny Ainge warns Celtics fans not to gear up for an inevitable top draft pick, and franchise stud | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

Eric Gordon out the first two weeks of preseason as a precaution - CBSSports.com

The NBA’s off-the-court youth movement | The Point Forward - SI.com

Greg Oden of Miami Heat practices for first time in four years - ESPN

J.R. Smith delayed surgery until after securing new contract - CBSSports.com

Andrea Bargnani playing a lot of small forward? Bad. Idea. Jeans. | ProBasketballTalk

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