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LeBron mentoring Paul George?
In an interview this week with BasketballInsiders.com, rising Indiana Pacers star Paul George said he'd like to get some advice from LeBron James. The four-time MVP's answer Thursday? "I have an open-door policy." So we know the two-time defending NBA Finals MVP is up for it, but are you OK with top players giving each other advice? Or do you subscribe to the "old school" theory that they should be enemies?
Granger, Turner traded at deadline
Trade deadline day looked to be a bit of a disappointment, with only spare parts changing hands -- that is, until the Pacers made a huge deal. Indiana traded Danny Granger to the 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Granger had been a major part of the Pacers' return to prominence, but had struggled to find playing time after an injury last season. Turner seems to be getting the best part of the deal -- he's going from a bottom-dwelling 76ers team to one that could end up representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
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NBA second half predictions
Mathematically, the NBA passed its halfway mark some time ago. Unofficially, the second half of the season doesn't begin until after the All-Star break. And with that behind us, it's time to look ahead. Will the Indiana Pacers finally end the Miami Heat's reign as Eastern Conference champions? Will the Oklahoma City Thunder -- with Russell Westbrook coming back Thursday, according to Kevin Durant -- rule the West and, ultimately, the league? Cast your votes below!
Pacers taking control?
The Pacers and Heat are on top of a very weak Eastern Conference, but it seems like Indiana is making a more and more compelling case each day to be considered the better of the two teams. The Pacers took care of the Warriors on Monday night while the Heat gave up 121 points in a loss to the Hawks. The Heat have lost four of their last six games and are currently 4.5 games behind the Pacers, who have won five in a row. They'll probably end up meeting in the Eastern Conference finals, but right now the result would likely be a lot different from the Heat's win last year.
Heat get big win over Pacers
In what was as close to a must-win as one will see in an NBA December, the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 97-94 on Wednesday night in South Florida. And it was no back-and-forth affair; Indiana opened up a big first-half margin, led by as many as 15 in the third quarter, then watched as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade -- and clutch shot hitters Chris Bosh and Ray Allen -- rallied back.
In the end, a Paul George miss -- or was he fouled? -- gave Miami a one-all tie in the head-to-head series this year. The Heat also moved to within one game of the Pacers in the Eastern Conference standings. The two rivals play each other again on March 26, April 11 and -- barring a big surprise -- in the East finals. What does the future hold?