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Vogel doesn't feel slighted in top coach voting

The Sports Xchange

Pacers coach Frank Vogel didn't take it personal that he finished third in the Coach of the Year voting.

He knew that despite having a successful season, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and Chicago's Tom Thibodeau were more deserving.

Vogel's just happy to finish near those two coaches.

"It's very humbling," Vogel said. "I have so much respect for both of those coaches."

Vogel led the Pacers to their best winning percentage -- .636 -- since the 2003-04 season. The Pacers finished with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference and fifth-best record in the NBA.

The Pacers, the No. 3 seed, lead their best-of-seven series against Orlando 2-1.

Still, Vogel doesn't want to take all the credit. He thinks assistant coaches Brian Shaw, Jim Boylen and Dan Burke deserve some, too.

"It's been a team effort," Vogel said. "I have the best crew of assistant coaches in the NBA. We coach this team as a team, so to get a few votes for Coach of the Year, they deserve every bit of credit that I do."

Game 4 of the series is Saturday afternoon at Orlando.

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