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Pacers' David West will play despite missing shootaround with respiratory infection

(Issac Baldizon/Getty Images) Pacers starting power forward David West is averaging 18.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game during the Eastern Conference Finals. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

Indiana Pacers forward David West will play in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat despite missing Saturday's shootaround with an upper respiratory infection, the team announced.

West, the Pacers' starting power forward, is averaging 18.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in the series, which the Heat lead 3-2 heading into Saturday night's game.

[MAHONEY: Dwyane Wade’s struggles alter dynamic as Heat seek third straight Finals trip]

The 32-year-old missed nine games during the regular season, averaging 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Backup big men Tyler Hansbrough and Ian Mahinimi could see increased playing time if West is limited during the game.

https://twitter.com/Pacers/status/340856545313185793

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