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Report: Pacers interested in MarShon Brooks, Gary Forbes as Paul George replacements

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The Pacers’ have grander problems in the wake of Paul George’s season-ending injury.

But in the simplest sense, their wing depth is thinner by one payer.

That modest problem can be solved through modest solutions, and in MarShon Brooks and Gary Forbes, that’s apparently what Indiana is eying.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Brooks has yet to use his scoring potential to find footing in the NBA. In the last 13 months, he’s been with the Nets, Celtics, Warriors and Lakers.

Forbes had a couple decent seasons off the bench, one with the Nuggets and another with the Raptors. But he last played in the NBA in 2012. Since, he’s played in China and the D-League.

These are clearly minimum-salary-level players.

However, the Pacers already have 15 players under contract, so if they add Brooks or Forbes or anyone else, someone has to go before the regular season. That could be bad news for Donald Sloan (fully unguaranteed contract) or Shayne Whittington (just $25,000 guaranteed).

The Grizzlies only have slightly more room to accommodate Forbes. They have 14 players with guaranteed contracts plus a non-guaranteed deal for Patrick Christopher.

Gordon Hayward beats buzzer, Mavericks (video)

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 18:  Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.

Gordon Hayward took it from there.

This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*

*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang

Rodney Hood sends Jazz-Mavericks to OT (video)

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Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.

Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.

Avery Bradley fouls Khris Middleton, who makes game-winning free throw (video)

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The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.

But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.

Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.

Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.

Gregg Popovich shakes head at New Hampshire primary results during in-game interview (video)

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Par for the course, Gregg Popovich gave curt answers to end his in-game interview quickly.

But David Aldridge tempted the Spurs coach, asking whether he wanted New Hampshire primary results. Popovich walked back to hear the answer.

Told Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won, Popovich shook his head.

Was that disapproval for the Democratic or Republican candidate – or both?