NBA All-Star Weekend to Feature Indiana Pacers

By J.M. Nicholas

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The NBA All-Star weekend will once again feature a few of the young and maturing Indiana Pacers in several key roles. Last year, starting small forward Paul George and starting center Roy Hibbert, both made an impact over the weekend. Hibbert was named to his first All-Star team, while George was impressive in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge and the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. Hibbert will not take part in this year’s festivities, but George continues to improve.

Paul George was named as an Eastern Conference All-Star for the first time in his three-year pro career. Along with playing in Sunday’s All-Star game, George will make his debut in Saturday’s All-Star 3-Point Shooting Contest. This year, George will also be joined on Saturday night by his fellow Indiana Pacers teammate, Gerald Green. Green will be taking part in Saturday’s All-Star Slam Dunk Contest.

This weekend will mark the third All-Star Slam Dunk contest that Green has performed in. In 2008, as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Green finished second in the contest. Green won the contest on his previous attempt in 2007, as a member of the Boston Celtics. In high school, Gerald Green also won the McDonald’s All-American Slam Dunk Contest.

Seeing the Pacers once again in the All-Star weekend spotlight is a positive indication that the team is finally starting to gain attention in the eyes of the NBA. Both George and Green have the chance to make some noise in their various competitions. You may even see Paul George team-up with his teammate during the dunk contest on Saturday night. Regardless, it will be an awesome show from two stars on this up-and-coming team.

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