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Keeping Starters is Key for the Indiana Pacers

Last season, the Indiana Pacers shocked much of the NBA with their best effort in nearly a decade. The Pacers (42-24) ended up with the fifth-best record in the NBA, and went to the post-season as the third seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Indiana made these strides with a first-time coach and no big name superstars on their roster. Playing true team basketball, the Indiana Pacers laid the foundation for the future while still flying under the radar.

The most important part of keeping this young team moving forward, is keeping the nucleus together. The organization has done everything possible to bring back the same starting lineup that helped the Pacers reach the second round of the playoffs last season. All five starters from the end of last season will return to play for the Pacers in the 2012-13 season.

The first (and most major) item to be dealt with was the re-signing of All-Star center, . As well as locking up their big man in the middle, the Pacers re-signed point guard (and Indianapolis native) George Hill to the roster. Indiana has many players that can serve well at several positions, but keeping a solid starting line-up will prove to pay off in the long run, now that this team will have a full practice schedule and a full season to work with one another.

This off-season will prove to be the first time that this team will be able to work full-time with head coach Frank Vogel and his staff. Hibbert, Hill, Danny Granger, David West, and Paul George will have a leg-up on many teams in the NBA next season, with both talent and cohesion.

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Paul George Miraculously Sinks Off-Balance, Fall Away Trey On ATL

Paul George is the type of player we have come to expect incredible plays from, but what he did against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night was truly remarkable. In the first quarter with the shot clock running out, George tossed up an off-balance, fall away shot from downtown that miraculously hit nothing but net.

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Al Horford clearly isn't letting all the trade rumors he's been involved of late get in the way of business out on the hardwood. On Friday night against the Indiana Pacers, Horford emphatically posterized Solomon Hill with a massive dunk, and NBA aficionados nationwide lost their collective mind on the Internet.

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Myles Turner Rejects LeBron James With Authority

Myles Turner has taken the NBA by storm over the last few weeks, and it appears like a star has possibly been born in Indiana. On Monday night, Turner made national highlight reels on multiple occasions, but most notably for this epic rejection of the king, LeBron James.

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Watch Pacers' Turner Bring The House Down

The Indiana Pacers seemed to be mired in mediocrity this season, but they have at least found themselves a future star in Myles Turner. On Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers got an early look at the big man as he drove down the lane for this mesmerizing dunk.

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Curry Shows Off With Half-Court Shot

It seems like Golden State Warriors PG Stephen Curry does something otherworldly on a daily basis nowadays. Last night against the Indiana Pacers, Curry casually threw up a half-court shot as time expired in the first-half, and it went in because of course it did.

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