Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 10/29/12
Here we go. The 2012-2013 NBA season kicks off on Tuesday, with the Indiana Pacers opening their campaign against the Raptors in Toronto on Wednesday.It's an exciting time to be a Pacers fan, after this rising team of young talents and experienced veterans defied expectations to finish with a 42-24 record last season (equivalent to 52 games in an 82-game season) before pushing the eventual champions Miami Heat to six games in the second round. During the offseason, they accomplished their two main goals in keeping franchise center Roy Hibbert and the team's starting point guard of the future, George Hill.They also kept the rest of the starting five in tact, and lucked out when associate head coach Brian Shaw inexplicably failed to land a head coaching jon (again) and decided to stick around for another season.The Pacers made most of their changes on the bench, essentially swapping former starter Darren Collison and defensive ace Dahntay Jones for Mavs back-up center Ian Mahinmi, who...
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