INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Pacers hit the floor Wednesday morning for a workout for the first time since Sunday's game in New York.
They host Philadelphia in the regular season finale tonight. Indiana was supposed to play in Boston on Tuesday night, but the NBA canceled the game in the wake of the bombings at the marathon.
The Pacers began Monday in Boston with a team outing to the Red Sox game. Paul George, David West, Sam Young, and Orlando Johnson then went to the marathon about an hour and a half before the explosion. They were going to go to the finish line, but opted to grab some food instead.
"It's a tragedy. It was just crazy that a couple of us were there to watch the Boston Marathon. Had we not decided to leave, we would have been caught in that mess," George said. "It's just unfortunate that people do things like that."
"You can't let that consume you and those fears overtake you," West added. "Obviously, that's what the folks who do things like that, that's what they want. They want people to walk around scared and fearful and change how they're living. You just have to go about your daily life. There are more good folks than there are bad people."
Both players said that they do feel safe when they travel from city to city.
George, West, George Hill and Roy Hibbert will not play against the 76ers.
Head coach Frank Vogel wants them to rest their legs before the playoffs begin this weekend. D.J. Augustin, Lance Stephenson, Gerald Green, Tyler Hansbrough, and Ian Mahinmi will start against Philadelphia.
"It's about preparing for this weekend," West said. "We've done all we can do for the regular season. It's now about turning a gear and trying to get ready for this weekend."
"We're balancing getting our legs back and getting our rhythm back," head coach Frank Vogel told reporters. "We've been a little out of sync and out of rhythm offensively, so hopefully getting our legs back will be the first step in getting our rhythm back and then we'll be very productive in the coming practices the next few days."
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