NHL Central Division Week in Review

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As the Columbus Blue Jackets are positioning themselves in 242 days for either top amateur prospects Nail Kabulov or Filip Forsberg in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and as I primarily cover the Blue Jackets, I am left with little to write about in a positive manner.

Therefore, as part of a continuing series, here is a summary of the NHL Central Division for the first two weeks of the season (in order of the current Central Division standings):

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Pacers Rookie Paul George Making Siginificant Contributions

For the third time in six games, Indiana Pacers rookie forward Paul George has reached double digit points.

Why is this important? Next to superstar Danny Granger’s 21 points per game, the Pacers (16-20) have struggled to score while averaging 96.9 points per game (22nd in the league). When the team does find production and eclipse the 100 point mark, they are 10-2.

George is by no means a scoring threat on this Pacers team, but he is an improving rookie who could emerge into one.  On Wednesday, George posted a career-high 16 points off the bench in a 102-89 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

By: Nick Grays

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Five on five: Queries on Bucks, Bulls, and NBA Central Division Supremacy


LeBron James‘ departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers was an addition by subtraction for the Eastern Conference Central Division. With James getting jiggy with it in Miami, the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls are expected to jockey for the Central Division title all season long.

Both the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls experienced some significant makeovers in the offseason. The Bucks added slashing scorer Corey Maggette, resigned second half spark plug John Salmons, and solid veteran power forward Drew Gooden. The Bulls’ biggest splash was bringing in power forward Carlos Boozer and former Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau.

It’s been roughly 30 years since the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls have experienced high expectations in the same season, and their early placement in the battle for the Central fittingly begins with the first preseason game between the Bucks and Bulls tonight at the Bradley Center.

By Jake McCormick and Paul M. Banks
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