NBA season ready to go, Pacers open against Dallas

NBA season ready to go, Pacers open against Dallas

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Call (317) 917-2827 for Pacers ticket information.

Ready (or not), set, go. It’s time for the 2016-17 NBA season to get rolling.

The 82-games-per-team marathon starts tonight with two nationally-televised games on the schedule, including reigning MVP LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers — who will receive their 2016 championship rings during a pre-game, championship banner-raising ceremony — before hosting the New York Knicks (7:30 p.m.).

Tonight’s second game pits San Antonio against Golden State on the Warriors’ home court, Oracle Arena in Oakland (10:30). Both games will be broadcast on TNT, with ‘NBA Tip-Off,’ a 90-minute preview of the season, beginning at 6 p.m.

fox-sports-indiana-logo-2016The revamped Indiana Pacers don’t play until Tuesday, when the Dallas Mavericks visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse to help the Pacers tip off their season. The game begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Indiana.

 

A special introduction to commemorate the start of the team’s 50th season will take place prior to tip off, and every fan on ‘Opening Night presented by Kroger’ will receive a bobblehead of former Pacers coach Bobby “Slick” Leonard.

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Numerous changes have been made to the Pacers’ roster, but the most important thing — besides the belief and enthusiasm by management and fans about a winning season with a playoff run — is the fact that 3-time All-Star forward Paul George is back and as good — reportedly better — than ever, not a bad thing at all for the organization or fans. 

George, who averaged 23.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season, is genuinely excited about this Pacers team. “I don’t want to jump the gun and say this is the best team I’ve been on, but it’s shaping up to be. I’ve got a new group with unbelievable talent,” he said during a recent interview.

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Below are links to several informative season preview stories about the Pacers and the league.

Pacers-Mavericks preview by Wheat Hotchkiss of Pacers.com

Defense is a constant for the Pacers, by Mark Montieth of Pacers.com 

NBA season preview by Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press 

10 keys to the NBA season, by the Associated Press 

NBA.com stories 

Pacers single-game and season tickets information (Call: 317 917-2827)

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