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Pacers Links: Ian Mahinmi hopes to play against Clippers, Shayne Whittington recalled from Fort Wayne

The Pacers hope to bolster their defense by having Ian Mahinmi available on Tuesday night but his ankle will keep him a game-time decision at best.

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The Pacers recalled Shayne Whittingon from the D-League on Monday which on the surface appeared to be bad news for the injury status of Ian Mahinmi. The Pacers starting center sat out most of the team's practice on Monday but Frank Vogel held out hope that Mahinmi would be able to give it a go on Tuesday night when the Pacers host the Clippers, claiming there was a 50 percent chance he'll play.

So Mahinmi will either play or he won't. We'll see...which doesn't actually sound real promising.

Vogel also indicated that Whittington's recall was more a reward for his work with the Mad Ants as opposed to an emergency insurance move for the front court. The idea is to reward Whittington and Rakeem Christmas at different points in the season as an 'atta boy' and to keep them involved with the big club.

Rodney Stuckey (foot) remains out for the Pacers while the Clippers continue to play without Blake Griffin (hand) who somehow broke his hand while trying to return from a quad injury.

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Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers vs Clippers | Indiana Pacers

Pacers hope their defense stiffens when Ian Mahinmi returns

Clippers-Pacers Preview - AP

Could Turner Settle Churning Pacers? | Indiana Pacers

George, Pacers confront reality of comeback | WFNI ESPN 1070 the Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

Indiana Pacers recall Shayne Whittington from Fort Wayne Mad Ants | FOX Sports

Still no Blake Griffin as Los Angeles Clippers prepare for Indiana Pacers | FOX Sports

Blake Griffin of Los Angeles Clippers also dealing with injured hand

Blake Griffin to Miss Remainder of Clippers Road Trip - Clips Nation

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NBA teams investing millions in new state-of-the-art practice facilities