Pacers remain hopeful about Ian Mahinmi’s availability in Game 3

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers are hopeful injured center Ian Mahinmi will play in Game 3 against Toronto on Thursday night.

Mahinmi did not finish Monday night’s game after hurting his back, which has been a problem this season for the 6-foot-11, 262-pound starter.

After Wednesday’s practice, Mahinmi told reporters he intended to play through the injury. Coach Frank Vogel said the Pacers are planning for him to play and would adjust if Mahinmi can’t go.

Foul trouble has limited Mahinmi to combined totals of six points and eight rebounds of the first-round playoff series that is tied 1-1.

The next two games will be played in Indianapolis.