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Bird praises Hill on eve of season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers need a big year from George Hill to help make up for the absence of Paul George, and Larry Bird thinks the point guard is ready for the challenge.

With Indiana set to open the season on Wednesday against Philadelphia, Bird singled out Hill as one of the players who could have a bigger role this year with George sidelined by a broken right leg.

"We got some guys we think are going to step up and play well," Bird said Saturday night at a charity event. "I thought George Hill was excellent during training camp; he's gotten a lot better. I'm just amazed by how much better (Hill) has got."

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Leaders
Points: Paul George21.7
Rebounds: Lance Stephenson7.2
Assists: Lance Stephenson4.6
FG%: Lance Stephenson49.1%
Steals: Paul George1.9
Blocks: Roy Hibbert2.2
Standings
Central Divison
  W L Pct GB
Chicago 0 0 - --
Cleveland 0 0 - --
Detroit 0 0 - --
Indiana 0 0 - --
Milwaukee 0 0 - --
Full Standings
Offense (Rank)
Points: 96.7 (24)
Rebounds: 44.7 (6)
Assists: 20.1 (27)
FG%: 44.9% (16)
FT%: 77.9% (8)
3P%: 35.7% (17)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 92.3 (2)
Rebounds: 41.2 (5)
Assists: 18.6 (1)
FG%: 42.0% (1)
FT%: 75.5% (11)
3P%: 34.5% (4)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/5/2014 C.J. Fair Signed as Free Agent
9/5/2014 Arinze Onuaku Signed as Free Agent
9/5/2014 Chris Singleton Signed as Free Agent
9/5/2014 Adonis Thomas Signed as Free Agent
7/21/2014 Rodney Stuckey Signed as Free Agent
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Injuries
Date Player Status
10/9/2014 Ian Mahinmi Sore elbow
8/1/2014 Paul George Fractured leg
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