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Pacers Links: Hornets offer Pacers a strong home test they need to pass

The Pacers of won three of four games after the All-Star break and now have a change to avenge a brutal loss to Charlotte before the break.

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The Pacers get another shot at the Hornets on Friday night at BLF, where the blue and gold rolled over and played dead in the same matchup just prior to the All-Star break.

Charlotte has proven to be a challenging matchup for the Pacers but 20-plus points better? Nah, the Pacers have to own that poor effort and will obviously need to ramp things up this time around.

Following practice yesterday, Frank Vogel, Myles Turner, Paul George and Rodney Stuckey all spoke about recent wins and the challenge against Charlotte.

Yes, Rodney Stuckey spoke after taking part in practice as the reserve guard appears closer to returning. The Pacers still have him listed as out for Friday and Stuck himself mentioned he needs to improve his game shape after five weeks off so any return will be gradual. Fortunately, Stuckey doesn't need heavy minutes to make an impact.

As for the Hornets, Vogel expressed concern because the Hornets are playing at a high level which means the Pacers will have to match that high level of play. Vogel is still pushing his team to improve their effort to close out games after winning three of their last four tight games. Charlotte arrives in Indy after losing to Cleveland on Wednesday to snap what was a five-game winning streak.

This game sets up as a great test for the Pacers at home to see if they can raise and maintain their level of play, not to mention keep Charlotte chasing them in the standings.

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Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers vs Hornets | Indiana Pacers

Starters Improving, Reserves on the Verge of it | Indiana Pacers

Paul George, Pacers no longer chase after referees

Waiting to be cleared, Stuckey is thankful Pacers caught his injury early | Vigilant Sports

Hornets-Pacers Preview - AP

Hornets’ Cody Zeller returns home to Indiana, where passion for basketball abounds | The Charlotte Observer

Hornets Steve Clifford: Courtney Lee helps teammates play better | The Charlotte Observer

Myles Turner's emergence gives Indiana Pacers a new look | FOX Sports

Charlotte Hornets practice at Hinkle Fieldhouse, home of "Hoosiers" | The Charlotte Observer

Hornets fail to make defensive adjustments against Cavaliers - At The Hive

Myles Turner Vs Kristaps Porzingis: Rivals in the Making?