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Friday's Pacers News: Glenn Robinson III deserves to stay in starting lineup

GR3 has earned spot in Pacers lineup: Paul George could be back from his troublesome ankle sprain as soon as the Pacers’ next game Sunday in Los Angeles against the Clippers. The automatic thing for McMillan to do, the easy and obvious thing, would be to return to his original lineup with Monta Ellis at shooting guard, George at small forward and Glenn Robinson III on the bench. The difficult thing, the risky thing, but absolutely the right thing, would be to leave Robinson in the lineup at shooting guard and move Ellis to the bench. -- Bruno's Blog

Paul George: ‘I’ve got to get back to being the guy for us’: The Indiana Pacers, even before their five-game West Coast trip began Wednesday, knew the reality of their circumstances. They understand they need a healthy Paul George to have any significant chance of success this season. George realizes this, too. He has watched his teammates from the bench in six of the Pacers’ past seven games. The result — a 3-3 record in those games without George — can be considered commendable. Wednesday’s game, an absolute beating from the Portland Trail Blazers, also illustrated how the Pacers can do only so much without their franchise player. -- The Indianapolis Star

Jeff Teague searching to carve out a role: The consensus amongst Pacers fans and members of the organization alike may conclude that Jeff Teague was the biggest offseason acquisition for the franchise as they built for this season and beyond. Whether it be because of his experience, track record and veteran leadership, or simply because of his name recognition in and around the city of Indianapolis, Teague was brought in to solidify the point guard position. He was sought after for his ball handling, quickness, and interest in playing for his hometown team. -- VigilantSports.com