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Pacers Links: Heat and Spurs to tip of NBA Finals; Paul George, Lance Stephenson dominate early offseason news

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It has almost been a week since the Pacers were ousted from the playoffs in Miami and the primary Pacers' topics have been Paul George, Lance Stephenson and salary cap space. At least we still have some basketball to watch with the Heat and Spurs tipping off the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

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While it seems like the Pacers' season ended a month or so ago (in reality, maybe it did), the team was actually preparing for their Game 6 exit at this time last week. It didn't take long for the offseason to get rolling for the Pacers with Paul George and Lance Stephenson providing topics for discussion with their future salaries and future with the Pacers under scrutiny.

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are still dealing with the here and now as they begin the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Who do you think will win and in how many games?

Don't tell me who you want to win, I think I know. I'm going with the Heat in six games (again, not where my rooting interest lies) based on LeBron James being the best player and in a tight game, having the best player on the floor at go-to time normally trumps the best team without a designated go-to guy.

I don't mind being wrong and considering the Spurs were one rebound away from winning last year, it doesn't take much to consider the Spurs a favorite. What do you think?

I discussed the Finals and what I'm looking forward to in the series on The Phil Naessens Show. Check it out.

Check out the links:

Paul George Named to All-NBA Third Team | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Another Accolade for Indiana's Rising Star | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Paul George gets raise for making third-team All-NBA - Indy Star

Bird must change Pacers’ core, not just tweak bench - 1070 The Fan

Good morning, the NBA Finals have arrived - SBNation.com

Bird, Vogel say Pacers don't need an overhaul - Indy Star

The Case For Hanging In There | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Indiana Pacers Summer Reading Tour Set To Begin | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

NBA - Paul George of Indiana Pacers hits $7 million bonus by making All-NBA third team - ESPN

Heat defense still a question " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith

Spurs open as sportsbook favorites vs. Heat in NBA Finals - CBSSports.com

LeBron may not worry about legacy talk, but a lot on line for him, Duncan in Finals | ProBasketballTalk

Paul George just made $6,788,165* | ProBasketballTalk

Pacers think best plan is to stay the course - AP

2014 Season Wrap-Up with Larry Bird and Frank Vogel | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

NBA news: Lance Stephenson free agency stock drops, Pistons target GM candidates - SBNation.com

Exploring the Indiana Pacers' options moving forward. | SportsonEarth.com : Michael Pina Article

What now? Frank Vogel reportedly safe, but Pacers face turbulent offseason - NBA - Sporting News

TheJayGravesReport.com: The Back Hand (Why Lance is the scapegoat but Bird, Frank & the Pacers know better)

Pacers’ greater cost: keeping Stephenson, or losing him? - 1070 The Fan

Indiana Pacers – Larry Bird wants Lance back, loves George Hill’s D, and doesn’t like talking to media | KentSterling.com

Kravitz: Reading between the lines with Larry Bird and Frank Vogel

Bulls’ Joakim Noah, Pacers’ Paul George headline 2014 All-Defensive teams | The Point Forward - SI.com

Wittman ready to help Wizards take next step - AP