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C.J. Watson practices with Pacers, could return to rotation Wednesday

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Watch the Pacers’ offense the past few weeks and it is stagnant and a bit disorganized — guys not moving off the ball, guys trying to do too much when they do get the ball.

A more traditional point guard alone is not going to solve the Pacers’ issues, but having one around with the second unit and a little more depth certainly would help (as will a little rest).

The Pacer are about to get that traditional point guard back — C.J. Watson practiced with the team on Tuesday and hopes to play Wednesday night, reports the team’s official Web site. Whether or not he plays against the Bucks Wednesday depends on how his body responds to the practice.

Watson had been out 17 of the Pacers last 18 games (he hasn’t played since March 14) with what was first described as a hamstring injury, but he said more recently that it was a sore right elbow.

The Pacers will likely rest David West and maybe Paul George and others in that game Wednesday against Milwaukee.

What will be more interesting is to see who the Pacers play Friday against the Heat in what could be a big game for deciding the No. 1 seed in the East.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.