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Shootaround: Vogel on Lawson's Health; Expectations

April 6, 2016 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talked about whether or not the team is satisfied with its current position, and talked about the health of Ty Lawson, who is listed as questionable for tonight's game with an upper respiratory infection.

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Shootaround: Vogel on Lawson's Health; Expectations

April 6, 2016 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talked about whether or not the team is satisfied with its current position, and talked about the health of Ty Lawson, who is listed as questionable for tonight's game with an upper respiratory infection.
Apr 6, 2016  |  02:35

Shootaround: Paul George on Cleveland, Late Game Situations

April 6, 2016: Pacers forward Paul George discusses tonight's matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as how the team must be better at the end of games.
Apr 6, 2016  |  02:22

Practice: Vogel on New Starting Lineup; Cavs

April 5, 2016 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talked about the performance of the new starting lineup, the matchup with the Cavaliers, and sharpening up as the playoffs approach.
Apr 5, 2016  |  01:35

Paul George: "Our Defense Has to Step Up"

April 5, 2016 - Pacers forward Paul George discusses Indiana's recent play and their goals for the final five games of the regular season.
Apr 5, 2016  |  02:30

Practice: Myles Turner Talks Returning to Second Unit

April 5, 2016 - Pacers rookie big man Myles Turner talks about moving back to coming off the bench in recent games and his role on the team's revamped second unit.
Apr 5, 2016  |  02:30

Lawson on Second Unit: "Whoever is Hot is Getting the Ball"

April 5, 2016 - Pacers backup point guard Ty Lawson discusses Indiana's revamped second unit, which includes gifted scorers in Myles Turner, C.J. Miles, and Rodney Stuckey.
Apr 5, 2016  |  00:43

Game Preview: Pacers vs Cavaliers

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport






Editor's Note: The Delaware St. entrance to the Virginia Ave. Parking Garage is no longer in operation due to the construction of the St. Vincent Center. To enter the Virginia Ave. Parking Garage, please use to the entrance located at the intersection of E Maryland St. and S Alabama St. You will, however, still be able to exit the parking garage using the single-lane Delaware St. exit ramp.

In addition, the south bound lane of Delaware Street from Maryland to just south of the train bridge will be closed for the duration of the construction project.

Matchup

Last Updated: April 6 at 4:00 PM

On Saturday and Sunday, the Pacers achieved something they haven't done all season: win both nights of a road back-to-back.

Although Indiana picked up wins during Saturday's game with Philly, and Sunday's meeting with New York, a dangerous trend continued for the Pacers — leaving the door open for opponents.

In both games, the Pacers held a lead of 18 points in the third quarter, and on both nights, the opposition rallied back to make it a frantic finish.

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"Obviously you want to step on a team’s throat when you are up by 18 and put them away," Paul George said after the win. "We failed to do that the past few nights, but we got two W’s so we have to continue to work hard. I’ll be happy with the win."

The wins came following a key rotational change from head coach Frank Vogel, who moved Lavoy Allen into the starting unit and shifted rookie Myles Turner to the bench, playing alongside Solomon Hill.

The move was multipronged in its philosophy. It brings more experience to the starting lineup, with Allen being less prone to make unforced errors. It brings Turner's shotblocking and defense to the second unit, which needs a deterrent to opponent scoring with the undersized Solomon Hill at power forward. And it makes Solomon Hill an everyday player, the aspect of the move that might yield the most impressive benefits from shakeup.

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All season, Solomon Hill has transformed games with his energy. Aside from Lavoy Allen and Ian Mahinmi, Hill being on the floor creates the biggest boost in net rating (offensive efficiency-defensive efficiency).

Furthermore, the five-man unit of Solomon Hill, Monta Ellis, George Hill, Paul George, and Ian Mahinmi, has set the league on fire. This unit sees time when Vogel makes Solo the first substitute, swapping out Allen in favor of Hill.

Among five-man units in the NBA that have logged 80 minutes or more, the Solo Hill unit has a net rating of 26.4 (offensive rtg: 122.4, defensive rtg: 95.9), which is the fifth best mark in the entire league according to NBA.com/stats.

Hill's ability to affect the game without jumping out of the box score was on full display Sunday, when he scored four points, had three rebounds and one assist, yet finished with a team-high +19 plus-minus rating.

The change in lineups was clearly necessary after Indiana dropped two in a row, and it is now 2-0 since the shift, but players and fans alike will likely be unsatisfied until the Pacers show that they can not only create a double-digit lead, but hold one.

Their next chance to do so won't come easy, however, as the Pacers matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Since the All-Star break, LeBron James has looked like the best version of himself, averaging 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per night. His play has pushed the Cavaliers to a 56-22 record, where they will likely lock up the top seed in the playoffs this week.

Indiana has come painstakingly close to toppling the Cavaliers on three occasions this season, but has yet to come away with a win.

With Kyrie Irving recovering from a sprained ankle and the Cavs possibly being in a position to rest players, the Pacers might end up meeting Cleveland at an ideal time.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - George Hill, SG - Monta Ellis, SF - Paul George, PF - Lavoy Allen, C - Ian Mahinmi
Cavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - J.R. Smith, SF - LeBron James, PF - Kevin Love, C - Timofey Mozgov

Injury Report

Pacers: Ty Lawson - out (upper respiratory infection)

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving - questionable (right ankle sprain)

Last Meeting

February 29, 2016: Indiana almost pulled of one of its biggest road wins of the season, but ultimately fell short, losing 100-96 to the East-leading Cavaliers.

The win was Cleveland's third against the Pacers this season, but every game played has been painfully close, with the Pacers hanging tough into the final minutes.

On this Monday night, Paul George hit what looked like a 3-pointer, teeing off a 7-0 Pacers run to take the lead in the final five minutes.

The shot, however, was reviewed by the officials and retroactively made a 2-pointer, shrinking Indiana's lead in crunch time.

With the Cavs leading by two, George Hill attempted a layup in the lane but was denied by Tristan Thompson, sending the Pacers to the tough-to-swallow road loss.

"We played together," Paul George said after the loss. "We took it to this team. We played aggressive. It’s another game where we were up and for whatever reason we couldn’t finish."

Noteworthy

  • If the Cavaliers win, it would be their first season sweep of the Pacers since the 2007-08 season.
  • Indiana's three losses to the Cavs this year have been by an average of 4.3 points.
  • The Cavaliers are a potential playoff matchup with the Pacers, who are most likely to end the season as either the seventh or eighth seed.

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: ESPN - Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst), Doris Burke (analyst)
FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

Tickets

The Pacers host LeBron James and the Cavaliers in a possible playoff preview on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 PM. Find Tickets »

Home Court Gift Shop Game Night Special

Select Pacers hat - $10. Game Night Specials can be purchased in the Home Court Gift Shop or any of our souvenir stands located on all levels of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The special is also available online at PacersGear.com until midnight.

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