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Pacers vs. Heat Links: David West sits out of practice as Pacers prepare for Game 1

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The Pacers power forward took an extra day off the court but expects to be ready to play on Wednesday.


The Indiana Pacers went back to work at the Fieldhouse to prepare for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night in Miami.

David West sat out the practice as the training staff tended to a calf strain that isn't considered serious, according to reports. In fact, he did shoot around on the court after practice. Jeff Pendergraph also missed practice but for a far more exciting reason -- to witness the birth of his daughter. Congrats, Pendy!

Meanwhile Frank Vogel went through the media drill of responding to questions about LeBron James' response to his non-comments. That made for a pretty easy day for Vogel and allowed him to leave the silly stuff behind in Indy before the team heads down to South Beach today...for the Eastern Conference Finals.

Seriously, I can't say that enough. Seems like just yesterday I was trying to squeeze stories out of Troy Murphy and Travis Diener. This is a fitting day to appreciate where this team sits prior to starting their series in Miami since the NBA Draft Lottery is tonight and we don't really care. These are good times Pacers fans.

Check out the links including some great Fan Posts:

Pacers Host "Pacers Playoffs Rally Alley" Tuesday | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Coach Vogel Responds to LeBron James | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers forward Paul George is looking forward to matchup with LeBron James a year after struggling vs. the Heat | Indianapolis Star |

Bob Kravitz: LeBron James' interpretation of Frank Vogel's comments is silly, but wonderful | Indianapolis Star |

Pacers try to distance themselves pre-game chatter vs Heat | Fox 59 News –

Matchups favor Heat, but Pacers have a chance - 1070 The Fan


David West of Indiana Pacers expected to play in Game 1 - AP

Larry Bird is quite proud of his Indiana Pacers, and he’ll text you to tell you so | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

A comprehensive preview of the Eastern Conference Finals - Hot Hot Hoops

Bosh aiming to be impactful against Pacers - AP

Heat face improved and experienced Pacers team - Hot Hot Hoops

Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel clarifies his Miami Heat comments - Miami Heat -

Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel clarifies comments that riled Miami Heat forward LeBron James. - South Florida

NBA playoffs 2013: Blueprint for Indiana Pacers to beat Miami Heat in Eastern Conference finals | The Point Forward -

2013 NBA playoffs -- Frank Vogel of Indiana Pacers responds to LeBron James, respects Miami Heat - ESPN

Indiana's Best Shot Against Miami: Lance Stephenson - Indy CornrowsResponse By Lebron to Vogel Just Another Expression of Arrogance by Heat - Indy Cornrows

Why The Pacers Can Beat The Heat (Part 1) - Indy Cornrows

Strategies for Defending Miami - Indy Cornrows

5 ways Indiana Pacers can keep up with Miami Heat - USA Today

The affordability of an elite NBA defense -

Miami Heat supporting cast is a benchmark - Miami Heat -

Dan Le Batard: Support is what keeps Dwyane Wade afloat - Miami Heat -

Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel clarifies his Miami Heat comments - Miami Heat -

Worst record offers no lottery guarantees - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN