Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

Pacers will officially name Vogel head coach

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According to multiple sources, the Indiana Pacers will officially remove the “interim” tag from Frank Vogel’s head coaching title and announce a three-year extension with him at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

Vogel coached the Pacers to a 20-18 record after taking over for Jim O’Brien in the middle of last season, which allowed the Pacers to get the fifth and final playoff spot. Before Vogel took over, the Pacers were 17-27. The Pacers lost to the Chicago Bulls in five games in the first round of the playoffs, but they played the 62-win Bulls much tougher than just about anybody expected them to.

This is a move that has seemed inevitable for months now, and a good one for the Pacers. The Pacers started to look like they were getting it together in the second half of last season, and Vogel will be a good man to lead the team back into contention.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.