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Pacers Links: Enjoy a Pacers love story as the push for playoffs continues

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The Pacers play the Magic on Thursday as they try to hold onto their spot in the playoffs.

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We'll get to the playoffs, but first, all Pacers fans need to read this story from Bob Kravitz which shares a love story about two Pacers fans from Australia facing a battle with cancer and getting a big boost from Jordan Hill.

READ IT ALL!

Now that you've had a healthy dose of perspective, it's safe to hit on the Pacers' effort to make the playoffs which has been a bumpy road that has them teetering in the eighth spot, two games ahead of Chicago.

The Pacers have the Magic, Sixers and Knicks in their next three games so despite the nasty loss to the Bulls, the Pacers remain in position to make a post-season push, along with controlling their own destiny. That last part may sound scary with this crew, but getting in the playoffs puts the Pacers in underdog mode which, oddly is how they tend to play their best.

On The Phill Naessens show, I discussed the playoff situation and the frustrating struggles that have held the Pacers back late in games. We also pondered if more Ty Lawson may help, to see if he can create better scoring opportunities (how could they be worse) when the Pacers need a bucket. Check it out!

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Check out the links:

KRAVITZ: A story of the power of love: Human love and the love o - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Game Preview: Pacers vs Magic | Indiana Pacers

Insider: Pacers running out of time, but still confident

Pacers choke again, to no one's surprise | WFNI ESPN 1070 the Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

The two sides to Victor Oladipo - Orlando Pinstriped Post

Solomon Hill Shows His Professionalism, Defensive Prowess