HoopsHype Paul George rumors

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Paul George acknowledged the team was aware of Barkley's observations. "That's Charles being Charles," he said. "I didn't take no offense to it. Chuck ain't been behind this team from the get-go." Um, that's not true. Barkley has been the biggest Pacers fan on national TV, and has been for two years. He picked the Pacers to reach the NBA Finals last year during the Heat series, and has continually sung the team's praises throughout this year. "Larry (Bird) has told us that as well, when he said we were playing soft," George said, referring to a Bird late-night call to a Star reporter that set off a Twitter firestorm. "We need to play bigger and stronger and play more aggressive. It doesn't fire me up. It fires us up that we took a loss against a team we should have beaten and gave up home-court advantage." USA Today Sports

One of those small changes will likely be assigning the team's best wing defender, Paul George, on Hawks point guard Jeff Teague. On Saturday, Teague exploited the one-on-one matchup with George Hill and the other Pacers did little to stop him as Teague scored a game-high 28 points. "Yeah, that's an option," Vogel said about George moving to Teague. "I'm sure we'll see some of that this series — at some point." Indianapolis Star

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“He’s going to be huge for us; he’s got to be huge for us on the offensive end, which I know he (will be),” Paul George said. “Last year he took that step in the postseason and really was dominant. So we all feel like we’re going to get that same Roy this time around.” NBA.com

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All five starters — George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert — didn’t go through shootaround and will sit tonight in Milwaukee, against a lowly Bucks team that has lost five straight games and 13 of their last 14. “The starters are not going to play tonight, all five of them,” Vogel said after shootaround. “We’re going to rest them and try to heal up some various bumps and bruises involved with all five guys. “We’re not playing well as a basketball team right now and the starters aren’t playing well. Our bench is not playing well. We want to try to get the starters on track by getting their legs back under them and getting them healed up.” Why all five? “If you sit one or two guys for the game, nobody ever finds a rhythm,” Vogel said. Pacers.com

The Pacers are just a half-game back on the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but Vogel says improving their own play is their top priority. “We still have our sights on the No. 1 seed but the most important thing for our team is fixing our team,” he said. Pacers.com

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Scott Agness: Vogel said PG and DWest, two guys that have played every game, came to him about rest. Vogel regrets not giving them more days off In March. Vogel on tomorrow: "Not everybody will play. We’ll pick our spots over the final four games to get the guys that need rest some rest." Vogel: "I think getting them some rest will make them fresher going into the playoffs. It’s not the answer, but I think it’s part of it." Twitter

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The rest of the Pacers said Hibbert's benching was the result of a poor matchup against Atlanta's Paul Millsap and Pero Antic. "I was surprised just because it's never happened," forward Paul George said about Hibbert's benching, "but it was just a tough matchup for Roy. To have a five-man who can stretch the floor, put the ball on the ground and shoot perimeter shots. It was just a tough cover because Roy's great at protecting the rim and being in the paint and Antic really had him on the perimeter the whole night." ESPN.com

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However on Friday night, George made his disgust known after the Pacers' 91-78 loss to the Washington Wizards. "I thought they were great looks, every last one of them," George said, while answering a question about the team's shot attempts. "I don't know if they were all clean. It's just crazy. We played against a team (Miami) the other night where if you breathed on a guy, he went to the line. I'm not saying I'm the caliber player but it's just frustrating." USA Today Sports

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As the Miami Heat prepare to take over Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George reiterated Wednesday night's importance in locking down the top seed in the Eastern Conference and securing home-court advantage. "We want to be able to play Game 7 on our floor," George said. "Having the best record proves that we play well here and we could get four games out of a series, we'd love that." USA Today Sports

"I mean it's going to be tough regardless," George said. "We're not saying it's going to be easy because we've got home-court advantage. It's going to be tough. We're going to probably have to win a game on their floor," George said, looking ahead. "Not to say that we can't go there and steal a game as well, it's just going to be a little tougher." USA Today Sports

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"Our execution isn't where we want it to be," George said. "We're nowhere near where we want to be as far as screening, setting guys up, moving with some energy and cutting off the ball. Everything's just lackadaisical. That's going to get you beat." USA Today Sports

The Pacers, who were led by Paul George's 21 points, have dropped three straight and six of eight on the road. They've lost four of five at the United Center, including both visits this season. "Give them credit, as their defense is elite," George said. "You need quick strikes and fast breaks to beat it." ESPN.com

March 24, 2014 Updates

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George said Monday that photos that recently surfaced of him were not part of a catfish scheme, but a fake story intended to disparage him. George commented for the first time on a story that appeared over the weekend suggesting he had been tricked into sending revealing photos of himself to a man posing as a female fan. George strongly denied the story. "The whole story, as far as me being "Catfished," I know the girl that sent the pictures out," George said after the Pacers' shoot-around. "It wasn't a catfish story, it was a girl. I don't want to get into the story but I know who's behind it." USA Today Sports

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