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Dunleavy on verge of returning from thumb injury

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The Pacers will soon getting some help on offense.

Guard Mike Dunleavy, who has missed the past 19 games with a broken thumb, was cleared to play Monday. However, interim coach Frank Vogel held Dunleavy out in Monday's victory over the Boston Celtics because he's yet to practice.

"The plan is for him to have a full practice (Tuesday) and a shootaround Wednesday, and then we'll see where he's at and take it day-by-day," Vogel said.

Dunleavy was hurt Feb. 22, and he had surgery on the thumb Feb. 25.

The Pacers have missed Dunleavy's ability to move without the basketball. He sets the tone in that area for the rest of the team.

Vogel has yet to determine how he'll use Dunleavy because a lot will depend on how quickly he gets back into game shape.

"Game conditioning is different from drill-work conditioning," Vogel said. "I'm more concerned with his timing, playing through contact and stuff like that.

"If he looks great, we'll consider starting him. We'll also consider bringing him off the bench. I'm not sure."

PACERS 107, CELTICS 100: The Pacers held the Celtics to 4-of-14 shooting in the fourth quarter, and Indiana ended its two-game losing streak. C Roy Hibbert dominated the post by scoring 26 points on 12-of-17 shooting. G Darren Collison had eight points and two steals in the final five minutes of the game to help Indiana take control.

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