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Pacers Links: Lance Stephenson goes off in Brooklyn, valuing versatility from George Hill

The Pacers will return to the practice court today after a couple of days off to prepare for their next game on Saturday.

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Mike Ehrmann

The Pacers earned a couple of days off from practice after three consecutive strong outings prior to their Christmas break. Today they return to the Fieldhouse to begin preparing for a rematch with the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. The Nets looked even worse in their Christmas Day loss to the Bulls than they did getting rolled by the Pacers on Monday night.

Frank Vogel will have to dig into his bag of inspirational tricks to make sure his squad returns to the lethal level of play they were playing at before the break.

A couple of highlights from the links today include a defense of George Hill's value for the Pacers from Ian Levy. Hill is Larry Bird's Dennis Johnson, if you will, a shooting guard turned point guard who knows how the play the game. As Levy points out, G3's fits well in the starting five for the Pacers because of his ability to do so many different things at either end of the floor in a system that doesn't require a ball-dominant point guard.

Also, via Deadspin, this nice compilation of Lance Stephenson buckets from his return home to Brooklyn on Monday night. Whew, really nice. Also, check out the sweet Instagram vid in the Deadspin link.

Check out the links:

Fans should be happy Pacers were left out | Pacers Blogs

Stop Searching for Replacements, George Hill Is Perfect Point Guard for Pacers | Bleacher Report

Lance Stephenson, With The Brooklyn-On-Brooklyn Crime

Nets rewind: Signs of trouble in locker room | New York Post

The Morning After: Ho Ho How Did the Nets Get Here? - NetsDaily

ESPN: Jason Kidd calls out Nets after Christmas Day loss - NetsDaily

Deron Williams calls this a 'nightmare' season for Brooklyn Nets - ESPN New York

Shoes are more than just a fashion statement in the NBA - Indy Star

Pacers veteran Rasual Butler revels in returning to the NBA - Indy Star

The Case for Lance Stephenson – All Star | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

LeBron James, Kevin Durant lead NBA All-Star voting after 2nd returns -

Sunday Shootaround: The Pacers meet Danny Granger again -

NBA: The Knicks keep losing games but not all hope, however slim - ESPN

LeBron James is AP male athlete of the year - USA Today