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Pacers Links: Myles Turner appears on NBA TV, Ian Mahinmi out against Hawks

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Rookie big man Myles Turner spent his evening off in Atlanta appearing on NBA TV while veteran teammate Ian Mahinmi stayed home and will not be available for the Pacers on Friday.

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Traditionally, spending an off day (and night) in Atlanta is trouble for visiting NBA teams thanks to the vibrant night life options for the young ballers. However, it looks like the Pacers' youngest baller, rookie Myles Turner, found a harmless way to spend his idle time in ATL on Thursday night by dropping by the Turner Studios for a segment on NBA TV Game Time.

Turner joined Jared Greenberg and Steve Smith to talk about his recent success, including the block on LeBron, areas he's looking to develop and the rookie tasks he has to take care of for teammates. Check it out.

Also, Candace Buckner reports from the road that Ian Mahinmi did not catch up with the team in Atlanta, instead staying in Indy to tend to his lower back strain, thus will reamain out against the Hawks. Still holding out hope that when Mahinmi and Stuckey are ready to go again, the rest of the team will still be healthy and we can see the full playing rotation play for a few weeks.

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers at Hawks | Indiana Pacers

Pacers-Hawks Preview - AP

George Hill's goal this year? 'To be a laser'

Tiago Splitter to miss third straight game with hip injury | www.myajc.com

Pacers vs Hawks preview: Atlanta hosts Indiana in front of ESPN audience - Peachtree Hoops

The Atlanta Hawks Point Guard Conundrum - BBALLBREAKDOWN

Weekly NBA rookie rankings: Booker, Turner, Jokic continue to rise

NBA - Not yet elite, Indiana Pacers are re-establishing themselves with a new offense

Suns to Sign Orlando Johnson to 10 Day Contract - Bright Side Of The Sun

TrueHoop Presents: Larry Bird believes NBA big men die young. Is he right?