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Pacers remain hopeful about Ian Mahinmi’s availability in Game 3

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 24: Ian Mahinmi #28 of the Indiana Pacers sits on the bench after coming out in the first half against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on November 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. 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 Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers are hopeful injured center Ian Mahinmi will play in Game 3 against Toronto on Thursday night.

Mahinmi did not finish Monday night’s game after hurting his back, which has been a problem this season for the 6-foot-11, 262-pound starter.

After Wednesday’s practice, Mahinmi told reporters he intended to play through the injury. Coach Frank Vogel said the Pacers are planning for him to play and would adjust if Mahinmi can’t go.

Foul trouble has limited Mahinmi to combined totals of six points and eight rebounds of the first-round playoff series that is tied 1-1.

The next two games will be played in Indianapolis.