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On Friday, Paul George, Roy Hibbert and head coach Frank Vogel all had a role in some form with the media. George was involved with a photo shoot. Hibbert made an appearance on NBATV while his coach joined ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” in the morning.
Saturday of the NBA All-Star Weekend was a bit more involved for members of the Pacers. In the morning, the Eastern Conference held a practice for the game led by Vogel and his coaching staff. George and Hibbert were joined by the rest of their teammates for the practice, which was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans.
The trio from Indiana also made themselves available to the media on Saturday.
Following sunset, things became more business, specifically for George, who was a participant in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. George contributed to a team victory for the East slam dunk finalists, but Washington’s John Wall came away as the individual winner with a nice dunk in the final round.
As for Sunday of the NBA All-Star Weekend, it all came down to the East vs. West in the defenseless hardwood battle. Vogel’s East squad trailed by as many as 18 points before rallying for a 163-155 thrilling victory that I was able to watch from the upper level of the Smoothie King Center downtown.
George started the game and finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 33 minutes. He played the second-most minutes of anyone in an East uniform. Hibbert came off the bench to score eight points (4-5 shooting) and grab five rebounds in 12 minutes. Thus, both Pacers were productive for their coach in their time on the court. And in the end, Vogel got the win.
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