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Frank Vogel Voices Desire to Return to Pacers

Displaying the positive attitude that energized Indiana Pacers players and fans, interim coach Frank Vogel explained why he believes he should be the next head coach.

Frank Vogel

Frank Vogel

Vogel took over for Jim O’Brien at midseason, went 20-18 and led the team to its first playoff berth since 2006. The Pacers were competitive in losing their first-round series to the Chicago Bulls.

“One thing I learned the last three months is that I can do this,” he said. “I’m confident in my leadership abilities, my management abilities, my coaching abilities. It’s been an honor to coach the last few months, it would be an honor to coach in the future.”

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Granger: Joakim Noah is a ‘Dirty Player’

Joakim Noah, Danny Granger

Joakim Noah, Danny Granger

Danny Granger had to be restrained from going after Bulls center Joakim Noah as the teams exchanged handshakes on the court at the end of the Bulls’ series-ending 116-89 win.

Granger accused Noah of playing dirty throughout the game, taking cheap shots at Pacers, including forward Josh McRoberts, who was ejected in the third quarter.

Granger was in the hallway outside the locker room using expletives to describe Noah’s play. “Everybody saw what Josh did and he got ejected,” Granger said. “Nobody caught what happened first. It’s always the second man. (Noah) was playing dirty the whole game. My teammates got caught with it and nothing happened.”

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Frank Vogel: Game 5 Key to Winning Series

Frank Vogel

Frank Vogel

Pacers coach Frank Vogel made a bold, but calculated prediction at Tuesday’s shootaround.

“We feel like if we win this game tonight, we’ll win the series,” he said.

Indiana trails the series 3-1, with Game 5 at the United Center tonight at 7 p.m. Pacers leading scorer Danny Granger concurred.

“I honestly believe that,” Granger said. “If we win tonight on their home court, we’ve got to go back to Indiana, where we have the better odds of winning. Honestly, a Game 7 is going be a tossup. Whoever plays better that night is going to win the series.”

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Pacers Lose Darren Collison to Injury

Darren Collison

Darren Collison

Darren Collison anded awkwardly on his left ankle on a drive to the basket in the closing minutes of the first half during Indiana’s loss to the Bulls in Game 2.

He limped to the locker room to be examined and did not return to the game. Reserve A.J. Price started the second half and T.J. Ford also saw minutes at point guard.

“I’m very concerned,” said Frank Vogel. “(Collison) is a big part of what we do. You always miss your leader from a cohesiveness standpoint. Those guys filled in admirably. They played well.”

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Sources: Pacers Fire Jim O’Brien

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Jim O’Brien has been fired as head coach of the Pacers, according to multiple sources that spoke with Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.

The Pacers had a somewhat promising start to the current season, even beating the Heat on November 22nd. The team had an 11-10 record on December 11th after beating Charlotte, but had won just six of 23 games since.

Wells reports that assistant coach Frank Vogel will act as head coach for the remainder of the season.

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Mike Dunleavy with the Game Winning Tip

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Roy Hibbert, Most Improved Player?

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert used the carrot of the NBA’s Most Improved Player as fuel for his offseason workouts, and it appears he is headed in that direction — though he now prefers to think about it less.

“When I was getting better, that award was on my mind, but throughout the season, it’s on the back burner. People are talking about it, but I try not to think about it too much.”

In his third NBA season, the 7-2 center has improved in every area. He’s averaging 15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 blocked shots. As a rookie, he averaged 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds, and last year those numbers were 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.

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Pacers Trying to Trade Dahntay Jones

Dahntay Jones

Dahntay Jones

The Pacers tried to trade Dahntay Jones to clear a roster spot for Magnum Rolle last month, and they are expected to continue to try to get him moved.

“I’m a basketball player and I’ll always be a basketball player,” Jones said. “You will never call me a shooter. I just play basketball. I don’t take it as a negative that I’m not a shooter.

“I just play hard and hope what I bring to the table will be useful to the team.”

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