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David West hopes to make season debut Friday for Pacers

Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 1: David West #21 of the Indiana Pacers reacts after being called for a foul against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 1, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers won 106-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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The Pacers are off to a 6-8 start to the season, which is somewhat miraculous when looking at the roster.

The team’s two top playmakers from last year, Paul George and Lance Stephenson, were both long gone before the season even started. But others began to drop during training camp, with David West being the most notable of the bunch.

West suffered an ankle injury in the preseason that has kept him sidelined, but it appears as though he’s ready to make his return later this week.

From Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star:

Indiana Pacers power forward David West hopes to make his season debut Friday against the Orlando Magic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

"(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call,” West said after participating in practice Tuesday in San Antonio. “I’ll see what he says. (But) I feel good. This last week has been good. No setbacks. The ankle is healthy which is important.” ...

“We’ve exhausted all options in terms of getting it healthy. It was a bad sprain,” West said. “I got really lucky that it just did what it did and didn’t go any further. I got really lucky.”

Indiana is currently holding down the eighth spot in the East, and even sniffing the playoffs didn’t seem at all realistic before the season began. Getting West back into the fold will only help that cause -- he averaged 14 points and 6.8 rebounds in 80 regular season appearances for the Pacers last year.