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Frank Vogel: 'Resting starters was important'

Head coach Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers reacts during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the New Orleans Arena on October 30, 2013
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Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel believes that resting his starters will leave them fresher for the playoffs.

Frank Vogel has said that rest is vital for his players after he benched the Indiana Pacers' starting lineup for their game against the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this week.

The coach sat all five of his regular starters during the 104-102 win, which saw the team move back to the top of the Eastern Conference.

Vogel told ESPN: "There was a lot of energy at practice, they definitely had their legs. The decision [to rest the starters] was every bit as much about the bench guys as the starters. Hopefully that took care of the bench, and the fresher legs will help the starters.

"I think rest is part of the solution. How much, who knows? We still have a lot of rhythm and timing and execution that needs to improve."

The Pacers face two-time defending champions the Miami Heat later today.

Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on October 22, 2013
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