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Pacers Uncommital Towards Center Roy Hibbert Next Season

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Once seen as a core player for the Indiana Pacers, the organization isn't so sure anymore where center Roy Hibbert fits in with the team going forward.

Now in his seventh season with the Pacers, Hibbert's performance has slipped considerably this year. Never much of a scorer, Hibbert averaged 10.6 points per game this season, the lowest mark since his rookie year.

The Pacers have stated they will try to change their playing style next season, head coach Frank Vogel says Hibbert's place with the team is in question.

“We’ll have to see how it all plays out and what the roster ultimately looks like but there’s a possibility that Roy’s role will be diminished, if we’re trying to play faster and trying to play smaller,” Vogel said, via Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star. “But a lot of stuff is going to happen this summer, we’ll see how the roster shapes out coming into next season."

Hibbert has averaged 11.1 points, 6..8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game during hsi time with the Pacers.

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Nets Take Final Playoff Spot as Pacers Flop

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On the final night of the NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets found out if they would be heading home or extending their season.

Brooklyn defeated Orlando 101-88 thanks to the strong shooting of rookie point guard Bojan Bogdanovich, who dropped a career high 28 points.

The Nets faltered down the stretch, dropping two in a row, which allowed the Indiana Pacers to re-enter the playoff picture.

Brooklyn was forced to watch their televisions to find out later in the evening that the Pacers would fall to the Memphis Grizzlies 95-83.   

"If you get in, it's a whole new season," said Nets guard Joe Johnson. "Everybody is 0-0 and then you wipe your hands clean and then you give it another go."

The Nets will face Johnson's previous team, the top seeded Atlanta Hawks on April 19.

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Pacers Beat Wizards, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- C.J. Miles and George Hill helped Indiana survive part 1 of its playoff push Tuesday night.

Miles scored 25 points, Hill added 24 and together they spurred a 7-2 run to open the second overtime and keep Indiana's playoff hopes alive with a critical come-from-behind 99-95 victory over Washington.

"Just all-out heart, and determination, and will, and perseverance, and not quitting," coach Frank Vogel said. "We got down so many times and had so many opportunities to give in. They just persevered through it."

It took everything the Pacers (38-43) had.

"It was a game that we needed," Paul George said. "It's survival mode. We've got to get this (next) win."

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Pacers' Chris Copeland Recovering in New York

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland is recovering in a New York hospital after being stabbed early Wednesday morning at a New York night club.

"I just want to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. I'm overwhelmed with the outpouring of support. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever. Thank you," Copeland said in a statement to ESPN on Thursday.

Copeland suffered knife wounds to his left elbow and abdomen, and is currently in an intensive care unit. The attacker was arrested.

Two players on the Atlanta Hawks, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, were also charged with trying to prevent police from setting up the crime scene.

"As members of the Atlanta Hawks, we hold ourselves to a high standard and take our roles as professionals very seriously," the players said in the statement. "We will contest these charges and look forward to communicating the facts of the situation at the appropriate time. We apologize to our respective families, teammates, and the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon them. We are unable to provide further comment as this is an ongoing legal matter."

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Paul George Tallies 13 in Return

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- Perhaps fitting with his new jersey number, Paul George dropped 13 points as part of the Pacers 112-89 victory over the Miami Heat.

It was George's first game action since breaking his right leg eight months ago as part of Team USA scrimmage.

"[It was] everything that I expected," George said of his first game back. "Welcoming me back into the game was probably the greatest moment that I've had. It was so hard to not get caught up in the moment."

George returns at a unique time for the Pacers with five games remaining on the season. Indiana moved ahead of Miami in the eastern conference playoff standing and now trails Boston by one game for eighth place. 

When asked what he is looking for in terms of success going forward after the broken leg, George simply stated "winning."

"Now I just have to have consistency and we have to have some consistency if we want to extend the season," George said when pressed further. "Success personally was being able to move, being able to play confidently and not...overcompensating on my left leg."

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Paul George to Return Sunday

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDIANA) -- Paul George has chosen Easter Sunday to make his comeback from a gruesome leg injury suffered in August.

George announced via Instagram on Saturday morning that he intends to make his season debut in the Pacers' home game Sunday night against the Heat.

The Pacers announced that George, coach Frank Vogel and team doctor Tim Hupfer will meet with the media Saturday after practice to talk about the All-Star's planned return.

"The recovery has been a long process and this is another step in the process," George said in a statement released by the team. "I thank everyone, my family, friends, doctors, our training staff, coaches, the entire Pacers family for their support and encouragement. I'm excited, but at the same time I'm aware I'm still in a rehab stage and will continue to work to get back to full strength."

George has been sidelined since fracturing his right tibia and fibula in a fall while playing in a USA Basketball intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas on Aug. 1.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/25/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Brooklyn Nets 91 (30-40) – Charlotte Hornets 88 (30-40)

Los Angeles Clippers 111 (47-25) – New York Knicks 80 (14-58)

Atlanta Hawks 95 (54-17) – Orlando Magic 83 (22-51)

Indiana Pacers 103 (31-40) – Washington Wizards 101 (40-32)

Chicago Bulls 116 (44-29) – Toronto Raptors 103 (42-30)

Miami Heat 93 (33-38) – Boston Celtics 86 (31-40)

Cleveland Cavaliers 111 (47-26) – Memphis Grizzlies 89 (50-22)

Los Angeles Lakers 101 (19-51) – Minnesota Timberwolves 99 (16-55)

Houston Rockets 95 (48-23) – New Orleans Pelicans 93 (37-34)

Sacramento Kings 108 (26-45) – Phoenix Suns 99 (38-34)

San Antonio Spurs 130 (45-26) – Oklahoma City Thunder 91 (41-31)

Portland Trail Blazers 92 (45-25) – Utah Jazz 89 (31-40)

Philadelphia 76ers 99 (18-54) - Denver Nuggets 85 (27-45)

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 4 (30-29-16; 76pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 1 (44-23-6; 94pts)

Edmonton Oilers 4 (21-40-13; 55pts) – Colorado Avalanche 3 (33-28-12; 78pts)

Dallas Stars 4 (36-28-10, 82pts) – Calgary Flames 3 (40-27-7, 87pts) - SO

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/10/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Indiana Pacers 118 (29-34) – Orlando Magic 86 (21-44)

New Orleans Pelicans 111 (36-29) – Brooklyn Nets 91 (25-37)

Los Angeles Lakers 93 (17-46) – Detroit Pistons 85 (23-40)

Utah Jazz 87 (27-36) – New York Knicks 82 (12-51)

San Antonio Spurs 117 (40-23) – Toronto Raptors 107 (38-26)

Cleveland Cavaliers 127 (41-25) – Dallas Mavericks 94 (41-25)

Men’s College Basketball – Northeast Conference Men’s Tournament – Final: Robert Morris 66 (19-14) – St. Francis of Brooklyn 63 (23-11)

Horizon League Men’s Championship – Final: Valparaiso 54 (28-5) – Green Bay 44 (24-8)

Summit League Championship - Final: North Dakota St. 57 (23-9) – South Dakota St. 56 (23-10)

West Coast Conference Championship - Final: (7) Gonzaga 91 (32-2) – BYU 75 (25-9)

NHL:  New York Rangers 2 (41-17-7; 89pts) – New York Islanders 1 (43-22-4; 90pts)

Dallas Stars 2 (30-27-10; 70pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (28-27-13; 69pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (28-34-4; 60pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 3 (25-42-8; 58pts) SO

Boston Bruins 3 (34-22-10; 78pts) – Ottawa Senators 1 (30-24-11; 71pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (42-20-6; 90pts) – Montreal Canadiens 0 (42-18-7; 91pts) OT

Los Angeles Kings 5 (32-21-13, 77pts) – Colorado Avalanche 2 (30-26-11, 71pts)

St. Louis Blues 5 (42-19-5, 89pts) – Winnipeg Jets 4 (33-22-12, 78pts)

Minnesota Wild 6 (37-23-7, 81pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (28-29-10, 66pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/4/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Indiana Pacers 105 (26-34) – New York Knicks 82 (12-48)

Phoenix Suns 105 (32-30) – Orlando Magic 100 (19-43)

Boston Celtics 85 (24-35) – Utah Jazz 84 (24-36)

Charlotte Hornets 115 (26-33) – Brooklyn Nets 91 (25-34)

Cleveland Cavaliers 120 (39-24) – Toronto Raptors 112 (38-23)

Memphis Grizzlies 102 (43-17) – Houston Rockets 100 (41-20)

Denver Nuggets 100 (22-39) – Minnesota Timberwolves 85 (13-47)

New Orleans Pelicans 88 (33-28) – Detroit Pistons 85 (23-37)

Miami Heat 100 (27-33) – Los Angeles Lakers 94 (16-44)

Golden State Warriors 102 (47-12) – Milwaukee Bucks 93 (32-29)

San Antonio Spurs 112 (37-23) – Sacramento Kings 85 (21-38)

Oklahoma City Thunder 123 (34-27) – Philadelphia 76ers 118 (13-48)  OT

Portland Trail Blazers 98 (40-19) – Los Angeles Clippers 93 (40-22) OT

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (3) Duke 94 (27-3) – Wake Forest 51 (13-17)

(12) Notre Dame 71 (25-5) – (16) Louisville 59 (23-7)

(23) Ohio State 77 (22-8) – Penn State 67 (15-15)

(24) Providence 79 (21-9) – Seton Hall 66 (16-13)

NHL:  Detroit Red Wings 2 (36-15-11; 83pts) – New York Rangers 1 (39-17-7; 85pts) OT

Ottawa Senators 3 (28-23-11; 67pts) – Winnipeg Jets 1 (32-21-12; 76pts)

Colorado Avalanche 3 (28-25-11, 67pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (36-18-9, 81pts)

Anaheim Ducks 3 (42-17-7, 91pts) – Montreal Canadiens 1 (41-18-5, 87pts)

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Paul George Practices in Full

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- After missing close to seven months due to a broken leg, Pacers forward Paul George participated in and finished his first full practice Thursday.

Originally George was supposed to miss the season, but he recently came out saying that he could be ready for game-action by mid-March.

The 24-year-old George said on Thursday that he needs to improve his conditioning and move better than he did during practice to get back to his All-Star form.

Despite the positive results of Thursday, there's still no timetable for George's return.

"Paul is not going to be out there unless he's Paul George," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said. "He's eager to get back on the court, but not before he's ready. Once he's mentally cleared to play in a game, he's still got to be ready to (actually) play in a game."

George is a big reason why the Pacers made the Eastern Conference finals the past two seasons. He averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game last season.

The Pacers (23-34) are currently one game behind Brooklyn for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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