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Pacers Links: Pacers next two against Pistons, Lil' Wayne needs to hop on Pacers bandwagon

The Pacers begin a home-and-home with the Detroit Pistons on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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The Pacers return to action on Friday night free of any trade deadline rumors. After not making any roster changes, the Pacers hope to add Danny Granger to the playing rotation at some point this weekend when they play back-to-back games against the Detroit Pistons.

The two teams tip off the weekend set at the Fieldhouse on Friday night before schlepping to the Palace to wrap up the mini-series. In the tight Eastern Conference race, there is no room for slippage so the Pacers have to keep defending their home court like they did on Wednesday against the Knicks.

Speaking of home court advantage, an interesting addition to the Fieldhouse for a possible playoff matchup with the Miami Heat came through Twitter yesterday.

Local legend Mike Epps had a genius idea to tweak the Miami Heat by inviting Lil' Wayne to jump on the blue and gold bandwagon. I like the thought of a playoff game against the Heat with Weezy sitting next to Epps in the baseline courtside seats to flash a knowing smile at Chris Bosh all game long. Here's the backstory.

Not only would the sideshow add a little juice to the game, but also draw more attention to the Fieldhouse for the Pacers which is always a good thing. As recently as last year, I would advise against the Pacers antagonizing a team like the Heat any more than necessary but the Pacers aren't backing down from any challenges these days, making trips to the Fieldhouse no fun for opponents.

Check out the links:


Pistons-Pacers Preview - AP

Stephenson wasn’t out to impress Knicks |

Pacers Sweep East Contenders Miami and New York at Home |

Pacers-Knicks rivalry not back, but it’s percolating | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

P.S., Indianapolis: That Was For You | Punchnels

Twitter Reacts: Trade Deadline Day 2013 " | Hang Time Blog

NBA Trade Deadline Analysis: Bucks, Celtics, Mavericks big winners -

Celtics rumors: D.J. White interests Boston -

Metta World Peace is awakened by 20 police cars after a movie filming went terribly wrong | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

Was this trade deadline the worst ever? | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

Bobcats trade F Warrick to Magic for F McRoberts - AP

Derrick Rose’s brother is not happy with the Chicago Bulls’ passive trade approach | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

NBA trade deadline: Winners and losers - The Point Forward -

Trade deadline passes with no major activity, thanks to new CBA - NBA - News, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice