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Shootaround: Paul George on Ankle, Vogel's Return

Nov. 14, 2016 - Pacers forward Paul George gives an update on his sprained left ankle and his availability against Orlando before discussing former Pacers coach Frank Vogel's return to Indiana with the Magic.

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Shootaround: Paul George on Ankle, Vogel's Return

Nov. 14, 2016 - Pacers forward Paul George gives an update on his sprained left ankle and his availability against Orlando before discussing former Pacers coach Frank Vogel's return to Indiana with the Magic.
Nov 14, 2016  |  03:09

Shootaround: McMillan on Paul George's Ankle, Vogel Matchup

November 14, 2016 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan discussed the health of Paul George's ankle, and talked about seeings former Pacers head coach Frank Vogel on the opposing sideline.
Nov 14, 2016  |  02:21

Shootaround: Thaddeus Young on Fitting in with the Offense

November 14, 2016 - Pacers forward Thaddeus Young discussed finding his place among an offense loaded with scorers, and staying focused on the task at hand.
Nov 14, 2016  |  02:15

Shootaround: Glenn Robinson III on Vogel, Bringing Energy

Nov. 14, 2016 - Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III talks about the impact Magic head coach Frank Vogel had on him last season with the Pacers and his role in bringing energy off the bench.
Nov 14, 2016  |  01:36

Game Preview: Pacers vs Magic

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport






Last Updated: Nov. 13 at 11:45 AM

Matchup

Frank Vogel helped lead the Pacers to two Eastern Conference Finals as coach of the Pacers, and on Monday night, he'll be introduced as the visiting head coach for the Orlando Magic.

Vogel's tenure as head coach ended at the conclusion of last season, when the Pacers fell in seven games to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. It wasn't long before the Magic reached out and hired Vogel to coach a group that isn't unlike the situation he walked into when he took over for Jim O'Brien midway through the 2010-11 season; loaded with talent and needing a way to make the puzzle pieces fit.

It was of course assistant coach Nate McMillan who took the reigns of the head coaching job in Indiana. Like Vogel, McMillan has also been searching for a way to fit together his team thus far, which features several new players and personalities.

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After dropping both games of a back-to-back, the first an overtime loss in Philly, the second a battle with Boston, Indiana is looking for solutions while dealing with uncertainty.

On Friday, McMillan seemed to be searching for balance by making a change to the starting lineup. He slotted C.J. Miles in and played Monta Ellis off the bench, saying that the second unit needed another playmaker besides Al Jefferson. But the following night, with Paul George on the bench (sprained left ankle), Indiana was forced to use another new rotation of players, making chemistry a difficult task.

Even before it was confirmed that George wasn't going to play, McMillan seemed to signal that they would return to the starting lineup with Ellis at shooting guard and Jeff Teague at the point.

On Monday, questions linger about the health of George's ankle, and whether or not he'll be able to suit up to play against the coach who oversaw his three All-Star appearances, two Eastern Conference Finals, and a full recovery from a broken leg.

But whether in a suit or a uniform, it's a safe bet that PG will be among the thousands of fans giving Vogel — the longest tenured coach in franchise history — a warm reception for his contributions to the team over the course of his six seasons as head coach.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Jeff Teague, SG - Monta Ellis, SF - Paul George, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Magic: PG - Elfrid Payton, SG - Evan Fournier, SF - Jeff Green, PF - Serge Ibaka, C - Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report

Pacers: Rodney Stuckey - out (right hamstring strain), Paul George - questionable (sprained left ankle)

Magic: Evan Fournier - questionable (sore lower back), Jodie Meeks - out (fractured fifth metatarsal)

Last Meeting

March 31, 2016: In what was a dispiriting loss for the Pacers, Indiana fell 114-94 to the Magic, leaving hopes of the postseason in jeopardy.

Coming into the game, the Pacers were trailing the Pistons by a half game in the playoff hunt, and the Magic's runaway victory on the Pacers' home floor didn't do Indiana any favors.

Paul George led the team in scoring with 27, but after a late layup by Ty Lawson closed the gap to 12, the Magic stepped on the gas for a final 7-0 run to put the game away once and for all.

The Magic defense was relentless, forcing the Pacers in 19 turnovers.

Noteworthy

  • Myles Turner is currently tied for second in the NBA with 2.5 blocks per game.
  • C.J. Miles' 3-point percentage of .490 is third in the NBA.
  • Indiana has won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Magic.

Tickets

Secure your seats for the Pacers' first game against former head coach Frank Vogel, as his new-look Magic come to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday night at 7:00 PM. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: 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 (anlyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

Home Court Gift Shop Game Night Special

Hoop Set - $12. 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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