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Pacers Links: Pacers meet dinged Kings to begin second half of NBA season

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The Pacers finished the first half of the season on a sour note but still logged a remarkable 33-8 record at the midway point.

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41 games down and 41 to go before the real season begins for the Pacers.

After compiling a gaudy 33-8 record to start the season, the Pacers begin the second half of their regular season schedule on Friday night in Sacramento. The Kings were one of the Pacers' victims at home last week when the Blue and Gold had everything working at both ends of the floor to slow down Sacramento with a 116-92 win.

Aside from a monstrous performance by DeMarcus Cousins, the Pacers had the Kings under their thumb all night. Tonight when the Pacers visit Sacramento, they likely won't see Cousins nor Rudy Gay. Both are listed as day-to-day after leaving the Kings' loss on Wednesday early with injuries. Cousins (ankle) and Gay (Achilles) received good news after their respective MRI's as far as the severity of the injuries, but reports out of Sacramento indicate both players won't be available against the Pacers.

That's 40-plus points of production the Kings will have to account for which should give the Pacers a good chance to find their defensive mojo on the road which was deserted in the desert against the Suns on Wednesday.

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers at Kings | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Cousins, Gay are listed as day-to-day for Kings - Kings/NBA - The Sacramento Bee

DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay listed as Day-to-Day - Sactown Royalty

Pacers-Kings Preview - AP

Pacers halfway home but issues remain - 1070 The Fan

Rudy Gay to be sidelined with Achilles injury - Yahoo Sports

Paul George Named Starter on NBA All-Star Team | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Paul George: A Step Ahead of The Rest | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Paul George named All-Star starter and to USA Basketball pool - Indy Star

Good morning, it's an NBA All-Star stunner - SBNation.com

Turnovers – Fatal Flaw or Invented Issue? | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

NBA midseason awards: Roy Hibbert is NBA's top defender - USA Today

What’s Wrong With the Heat? " Grantland

Rockets GM takes to Twitter to complain about All-Star voting process | ProBasketballTalk