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- The Pistons could be in the midst of a roster shakeup tonight with their reported involvement in a three-team trade with Memphis and Toronto. The principles in the reported deal are Tayshaun Prince (from Detroit to Memphis), Rudy Gay (from Memphis to Toronto) and Jose Calderon (from Toronto to Detroit). Both Prince and forward Austin Daye, who also was mentioned in the trade reports, are listed as inactive for tonight’s game.
- The NBA’s announcement that officials erred in the final seconds of their 102-101 loss in Denver Monday was of little consolation to the Pacers. The NBA ruled a foul should’ve been called on the Nuggets’ Andre Iguodala against Paul George that would’ve given the Indiana All-Star a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds in a game that was tied 101-all. Instead, George was charged with a turnover and then whistled for a controversial foul on the ensuing inbounds lob to Iguodala with four-tenths of a second remaining. Iguodala made the first three throw for the win. “The league tries to do the right thing, the officials try to do the right thing,” said Indiana Coach Frank Vogel. “We can’t get caught up in things we can’t control.”
- Indiana brings a three-game losing streak into tonight’s game, all on the road. The league’s No. 1 defense has been the primary culprit, yielding averages of 105.3 points, 52.3 percent shooting, 160 points in the paint and 49 fast-break points in the skid. “We’ve got to get back to guarding the paint better than we’ve been,” Vogel said.
- Tonight marks Vogel’s two-year anniversary as a head coach. He replaced Jim O’Brien on Jan. 30, 2011 and has gone 88-61. “It seems like a long time,” Vogel said, “but in some ways it seems like yesterday.”
- Having played 26 road games, more than any other team in the league except Cleveland, the Pacers hope to make a move at home. They play four in a row and 13 of the next 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where they’re 16-3 and have won 11 in a row.
- Danny Granger is increasing the frequency and intensity of his workouts but has not yet been cleared for full contact. Vogel said he hopes the forward, out all season with left knee tendinosis, could be in uniform before the All-Star break “but there are no guarantees.”
– Conrad Brunner