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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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Report: George Says He's Eyeing Mid-March Return

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Indiana Pacers forward Paul George said he's attempting to return to game action as early as March 14, when the team takes on the Boston Celtics, according to Yahoo Sports.

The 24-year-old George has missed all of this season after breaking his right leg in the fourth quarter of a Team U.S.A. scrimmage on August 1 in Las Vegas.

It was originally reported George would take 12-18 months to recover, but according to the two-time All-Star, he's ahead of schedule.

"March 1 isn't when I wanted to play my first game, but when I wanted to be full-out practicing, doing up-and-down full court without any restrictions or limitations," George told Yahoo Sports. "From there on, it's seeing how far I can progress to where I play my first game. My hope is it's an opponent where I feel comfortable coming back to where there isn't too much pressure to perform, where I can ease my way back in. But I want to say around mid-March, I could probably come back around that time."

George would be a welcome addition to the Pacers (21-33), which is currently two games out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

George averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game last season, helping lead the Pacers to the best record in the Eastern Conference.

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Pacers Prevail, Beat Heat in Game 1 of East Finals

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indiana Pacers have the Miami Heat figured out for one game at least after their 107-96 win in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday.

Paul George led the way for Indiana with 24 points and seven assists and both David West and Roy Hibbert added 19 in the victory.

"There's nothing to celebrate. It's not like we won a championship. It's one game," George Hill said. "Yes, it was good, but if we come out and lay an egg on Tuesday, this game doesn't mean anything."

The Pacers had a 19 point lead late in the third and entered the fourth up by 13. West's layup gave Indiana 100-84 lead with 5:07 left.

Dwyane Wade scored 27 and LeBron James had 25 in the loss.  Chris Bosh was held to nine points and two rebounds.

"The game's still so fresh. It's too hard to just say, `Well, we need to do this better in Game 2," James said after the Heat lost for just the second time in 10 playoff games. "We need to evaluate our mistakes and things we did in Game 1 first before I can say what we need to bring to Game 2."

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George Erupts for 39 Points to Push Pacers Past Wizards

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Paul George scored a career playoff-high 39 points, 28 of them in the second half, to help the Indiana Pacers erase a 19-point deficit and beat the Washington Wizards 95-92 Sunday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Indiana now leads the best-of-seven series 3-1.

"What he did tonight was special...There's no other way to put it," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said of George, who also added 12 rebounds. "He's probably the best wing defender in the game, chasing a guy that is really hard to guard in Bradley Beal and makes you expend a lot of energy. But to be able to do that for 46 minutes and put up 39 -- 12-for-23 from the field 7-for-10 from the three -- I mean it's just a special performance."

George wasn't the only Pacers' player that had a good game. Roy Hibbert had 17 points and nine rebounds while David West chipped in 14 points and eight assists.

The Wizards actually led the game by six with five minutes remaining but the Pacers closed the game on a 16-7 run, nine of those points by George, to move within one game of the Eastern Conference final. 

Game 5 is Tuesday in Indianapolis. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern.

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Hibbert Leads Pacers to Game 2 Victory over Wizards

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  Roy Hibbert picked the perfect game to come out of his slump.

The center scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Indiana Pacers topped the Washington Wizards 86-82 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference semifinal series at a game apiece.

Hibbert entered Wednesday's game with a combined 37 points and 24 rebounds in Indiana's first eight playoff games, but he sounded pretty confident after his performance Wednesday.

"I just want to string a few games together," he said. "Consistency hasn't been my biggest friend this year. I'm going to try to continue to play aggressive and I'm going to try to control the things I can control. I can't control play calls, but I can control how hard I play, how fast I run down the court and how well I play defense."

The Wizards led by as much as six early in the third quarter and rallied in the fourth to take a 77-74 lead with five minutes remaining.  Hibbert and Paul George then scored six straight points to give the Pacers the lead for good.

Marcin Gortat led Washington with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Bradley Beal chipped in 17 points. They finished just 5-of-21 from behind the arc, the lowest percentage (23.8) in the playoffs this year.

Game 3 will be played on Friday night in Washington. The Pacers will need to steal a game in the nation's capital to earn back homecourt advantage.

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Wizards Hold Off Indiana in Game One

Win McNamee/Getty Image(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- The Washington Wizards took a 13-point lead into halftime before holding off a late Indiana rally to win Game One of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 102-96. It is the first second-round playoff win for the Wizards since 1982.

Washington opened the game on an 8-0 run before leading 28-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Pacers then went on a 16-2 run to take their first, and only, lead of the game on a pair of Evan Turner free throws. Nene then gave the Wizards back the lead on the ensuing possession with a layup, and Washington never looked back.

"We know it's a tough building to play in. We haven't won here in a while," said Wizards guard Trevor Ariza, who scored 22 points off the bench. Washington had not won in Indiana since 2007, snapping a 12-game losing streak.

Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Washington defense held Indiana without a basket for more than seven minutes in the final period. That, coupled with a franchise playoff-record 10 3-pointers, proved too much for the Pacers. The Wizards have now won four straight road games this postseason while Indiana, the top seed in the East, have lost Game 1 for the second consecutive series. 

Roy Hibbert was virtually invisible, scoring no points and collecting no rebounds for the Pacers. David West tried to pick up the slack, pouring in 15 points and pulling down 12 boards in the loss. Both George Hill and Paul George scored 18 points to lead Indiana. Game 2 is set for Wednesday night.

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NBA All-Star Reserves Announced

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The reserves for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans were named Thursday night.

Reserves are picked by the coaches --  the Western Conference coaches picking their side and the East picking theirs -- although a coach can't vote for a player of his own team.

In the Western Conference, Houston and Portland both had two selections. The Rockets' Dwight Howard and James Harden were picked, while the Trail Blazers'LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard both made the squad.

It's Howard's eighth straight selection and Lillard's first.

Joining them in the West is Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.

"I have been a part of All-Star weekend every year since I have been in the league and not being there last year felt strange," said Nowitzki, who was selected as an All-Star for the 12th time. "The Dallas fan base has always been great to me and the Mavericks' organization and the city deserves to be represented at the All-Star Game."

In the Eastern Conference, Miami's Chris Bosh was selected for the ninth time.

Bosh is joined by Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls.

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Pacers Rally to Outlast Heat 90-84

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  In a clash of two of the Eastern Conference's best teams, Paul George set out to prove which squad is better.

George and Roy Hibbert combined to score 41 points as the Indiana Pacers rallied to defeat the Miami Heat 90-84 on Tuesday night. 

It was just the first of four meetings between the Pacers (19-3) and Heat this season, but George wanted his team to set the tone early after losing to Miami in Game Seven of last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

"It was fun, a real intense game," George said. "Both teams were playing at a high level. You could see an urgency to win this game tonight.

Indiana improved to 10-0 at home this year, and currently lead the Heat (16-6) by three games for the best record in the conference.

The Heat led by seven points at halftime, but George and Hibbert turned up their intensity and sent the defending champs to their third loss in the last five games.

"I thought we brought it tonight," Heat forward LeBron James said after a 17 point, 14 rebound effort. "We know they're a very good defensive team. I thought they hit some tough shots and they attacked the rim real well but even though they had us down by 10 rebounds, I thought we rebounded well and we battled."

The teams will meet again in Miami on December 18.

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Bulls Stop Pacers 9-Game Winning Streak, 110-94

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bulls (5-3) halted the Indiana Pacers (9-1) season opening nine-game winning streak on Saturday night with a 110-94 win.

Forward Luol Deng led the way for the Bulls with 23 points and seven rebounds, while teammate Derrick Rose contributed 20. The Bulls were 11-of-19 shooting from 3-point range.

The Pacers trailed by 25 points at half-time after getting outscored by 11 in the first quarter and 14 in the second quarter. Indiana finished with six players in double figures, including a team-high 14 points from center Roy Hibbert.

Chicago now has won four straight.

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ESPN: Pacers Sign Forward Paul George to Max Deal

NBA via Indiana Pacers(NEW YORK) -- The Indiana Pacers emerged as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference last season behind forward Paul George. According to ESPN, the team has rewarded George with a five-year contract extension.

Terms of the deal have not been announced yet, but George is expected to receive a deal in the neighborhood of $80 million. The deal can be worth up to $90 million if he makes an All-NBA team or the MVP Award after this upcoming season.

Under George, the Pacers made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Miami Heat. In the playoffs, George averaged 19.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Entering his fourth year in the NBA, George has gotten better each season in the NBA. This past season, the 23-year-old averaged 17.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

The Pacers have now locked up three of their core members for the future. Center Roy Hibbert signed a contract extension last season, and power forward David West agreed to a new contract with the Pacers earlier this summer.

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