Resting players is one of the last things on Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel's mind these days.
Vogel said he's more worried about having his players ready for their first-round playoff matchup between Chicago or Boston.
"We're not looking to rest guys," Vogel said. "We're looking to improve. We're not the 14-0 Colts that have it all figured out. We need to continue to improve. We're approaching the next three games like we need to build steam and momentum going into the playoffs."
The players prefer Vogel's approach, too, because they know they have a long way to go before they're ready for the playoffs.
"We have a lot to do and we want to get some momentum going into the playoffs," Roy Hibbert said. "I'm not asking for any rest and I don't think any of the starting five is going to ask for any rest, either."
The Pacers are fortunate that they don't have any significant injuries to worry about. There's a chance that Vogel may not lean on veteran center Jeff Foster as much during the final two games so he doesn't have any issues with his back, which caused him to miss most of last season.
"Obviously we don't want to have any injuries. We want to be as healthy as we can going in and have some momentum, but there's no time to shut down for us," Mike Dunleavy said. "We have to keep playing."
PACERS 114, HAWKS 102: F Danny Granger scored 28 points to help the Pacers end their nine-game losing streak to Hawks, who were without starting F Josh Smith. The Pacers led from start to finish and were never really threatened by the Hawks in the second half. G Darren Collison had 16 points and 10 assists for the Pacers.
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