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Feb 25, 2017
Paul George Ejected, Pacers lose 113-95 at Miami

Paul George Ejected, Pacers lose 113-95 at Miami

Paul George received two technical fouls and was ejected early in the third quarter after a scuffle with Rodney McGruder. The Indiana Pacers were defeated 113-95 by the Miami Heat Saturday night in what was a poor start to its five game road trip. Paul George started the game by burying a long two-point jumper, but his night would come to an abrupt end after being ejected for receiving two technical fouls in the third quarter. More on that later though.... Dion Waiters gave the Heat its first lead after hitting a three-pointer, but C.J. Miles answered right back for Indiana sparking a...
Feb 25, 2017
Pacers vs. Heat: Game thread, lineups, odds, TV info and more

Pacers vs. Heat: Game thread, lineups, odds, TV info and more

The Pacers and Heat clash for the second of three meetings this season. The Pacers play the first of five consecutive road games in Miami on Saturday night when they play the Heat. Both teams will be coming off a win on Friday night but as far as trends go, the Heat are smoking of late. After starting the season with an 11-30 records, which included a win over the Pacers in mid-December in Miami, the Heat have won 15 of their last 17 games. It is hard to pin point what turned things around, but starting a smaller lineup around big man Hassan Whiteside is working well as they let the big man...
Feb 24, 2017
Pacers get into the Christmas spirit, beat Grizzlies, 102-92

Pacers get into the Christmas spirit, beat Grizzlies, 102-92

The Pacers returned from the All-Star break with a winning effort against the Grizzlies. The Pacers snapped their six-game losing streak with an impressive team effort, beating the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-92 After the starting unit struggled to gain any traction in the first quarter, but the reserve unit came to the rescue with a 4-0 run to close the quarter and then a strong stretch to open the second quarter which helped the Pacers take control of the game and eventually, a 61-49 lead at the half. Rakeem Christmas sparked the second quarter run, playing his first meaningful minutes of the...
Feb 24, 2017
Grizzlies vs. Pacers: Game thread, lineups, odds, TV info and more

Grizzlies vs. Pacers: Game thread, lineups, odds, TV info and more

The Pacers return to action at the Fieldhouse on Friday when they face the Grizzlies. The Pacers return from the All-Star break to face the Memphis Grizzlies at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday. The team will wear the Hickory Pacers uniforms as the mid-80’s Marion Giants are celebrated. The timing is perfect with Zach Randolph in town with the Grizz. Even though it only seems like he played on those talented Marion teams, Z-Bo did lead the Giants to a state championship in 1998, absolutely dominating Jared Jeffries and a young Sean May in the title game. Memphis point guard Mike Conley...
Feb 24, 2017
Plenty of blame to spread around for Pacers current state

Plenty of blame to spread around for Pacers current state

Nothing is ever as bad as it seems from the outside but the Pacers’ owner, team president and star player sure aren’t helping the current perception that things are a mess at the Fieldhouse. Paul George sounded so reassuring on Wednesday, heading into the trade deadline despite reports of other teams trying to trade for him and his desire to play for the Lakers after his contract is up, making his future with the Pacers or any trade partner unsettling. PG had met with Herb Simon and proclaimed to be on the same page with Simon and Larry Bird. Then after a deadline day with...
Feb 23, 2017
Recapping the Indiana Pacers’ Trade Deadline

Recapping the Indiana Pacers’ Trade Deadline

The Indiana Pacers surprisingly did not make a single move at the NBA trade deadline, deciding to keep their roster intact as the season continues. Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline came and went, and to the surprise of many, Indiana Pacers team president Larry Bird stayed put with his current roster, not making a single trade as time expired to get a deal done. Perhaps the biggest rumor surrounding this year’s trade deadline was centered around Pacers’ superstar forward Paul George. For the last few days, there has been much speculation surrounding George’s future with the...
Feb 23, 2017
NBA Trade Deadline Game Thread: Paul George, Pacers back to work

NBA Trade Deadline Game Thread: Paul George, Pacers back to work

While the front office continues working to improve the roster before 3 p.m. ET, the Pacers continue preparing to actually play a game again on Friday. The Pacers returned to practice on Wednesday amidst several reports that had the team considering trading Paul George and/or bringing in a number of other possible additions by the trade deadline which hits on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. Paul George dismissed the hype surrounding talk of his potential exit from the Pacers via trade or free agency as media hype which isn’t altering his approach to get the Pacers rolling again after the All-Star...
Feb 22, 2017
Paul George Meets With Owner Herb Simon as Trade Rumors Continue

Paul George Meets With Owner Herb Simon as Trade Rumors Continue

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George recently met with team owner Herb Simon, after recent talks of George being traded by Thursday’s deadline have swirled around the league. The Indiana Pacers are a disappointing 29-28 thus far in the 2016-17 season — a far cry from what the team looked like it could accomplish on paper prior to the season’s start. If one thing is for certain, it is that team president Larry Bird hates losing. He has shown over the years that he is willing to do almost anything to further improve his roster so that his team can contend for a championship. But just how...
Feb 22, 2017
Pacers’ rumored interest in centers further emphasizes their lack of identity

Pacers’ rumored interest in centers further emphasizes their lack of identity

Targeting Brook Lopez and Jahlil Okafor doesn’t make sense and seems a little desperate. It is anyone’s guess what type of team the Indiana Pacers want to be. They don’t attempt 3-pointers at a record pace. Their roster redundancy prevents them from being particularly versatile, they hold the ball too much, they routinely fall in and out of trust with each other, and their defense waxes and wanes. Making matters worse, their speed hasn’t been able to consistently compensate for any of these shortcomings. Instead, on the season, the Pacers are averaging a measly 0.07 more possessions...
Feb 22, 2017
Pacers listening to Paul George trade options

Pacers listening to Paul George trade options

Trade reports continue to arise involving the Pacers and the latest info from Woj is an eye opener. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Pacers are kicking the tires around the league on a potential trade involving Paul George. From Woj's latest article on PG: The Pacers are working the trade deadline on parallel fronts: Pursuing deals that will bring talent into Indiana to sell George on signing a long-term extension – and soliciting deal offers on George that would signal a rebuild around center Myles Turner, league sources told The Vertical. Ultimately, the Pacers will...
Feb 22, 2017
Woj: Pacers listening to Paul George trade options

Woj: Pacers listening to Paul George trade options

Trade reports continue to arise involving the Pacers and the latest info from Woj is an eye opener. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Pacers are kicking the tires around the league on a potential trade involving Paul George. From Woj's latest article on PG: The Pacers are working the trade deadline on parallel fronts: Pursuing deals that will bring talent into Indiana to sell George on signing a long-term extension – and soliciting deal offers on George that would signal a rebuild around center Myles Turner, league sources told The Vertical. Ultimately, the Pacers will...
Feb 22, 2017
NBA Trade Deadline: Will all of the Pacers return to work on Wednesday?

NBA Trade Deadline: Will all of the Pacers return to work on Wednesday?

The Pacers return to work amidst trade deadline chatter. The break portion of the NBA All-Star break ends for the Pacers on Wednesday afternoon as they return to work at the Fieldhouse to begin prepping for a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday, starting with a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday at the Fieldhouse. The players will begin rolling into the Fieldhouse roughly 24 hours before the NBA trade deadline hits on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. So the question remains: Will any of the current players not be on the roster come Friday when the Pacers return to game action? We've seen...
Feb 21, 2017
Report: Pacers Interested in Center Jahlil Okafor

Report: Pacers Interested in Center Jahlil Okafor

According to a report from ESPN, the Indiana Pacers are reportedly interested in trading for Philadelphia 76ers’ big Jahlil Okafor The NBA trade deadline is this Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. With the deadline quickly approaching, many teams find themselves at the center of much speculation and rumors surrounding any potential trades. The Indiana Pacers appear to be in that boat, as well. According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Pacers are showing potential interest in trading for Philadelphia 76ers’ big-man Jahlil Okafor. Shelburne states that other ESPN employees such as Jeff Goodman and...
Feb 20, 2017
Vecsey: Pacers trying to trade for Brook Lopez

Vecsey: Pacers trying to trade for Brook Lopez

The Pacers continue popping up in trade rumors, including the latest from old friend, Peter Vecsey. I’m not sure what is more interesting, a trade rumor tweet involving the Pacers trying to trade for Nets big man Brook Lopez or the source of the tweet. Here is the info Peter Vecsey relayed on Sunday night. I leave u with this: Pacers R trying 2 get Lopez. Will their 2017 No. 1, Jefferson & Stuckey satisfy BK? Can Nets get more from C's or NO?— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 20, 2017 While pondering the deal from both sides, I can make a good case for the Pacers trying to add...
Feb 20, 2017
Thaddeus Young’s absence is underscoring the Pacers’ real problem

Thaddeus Young’s absence is underscoring the Pacers’ real problem

Hint: It isn’t Paul George. Thaddeus Young’s injured wrist matters. It matters a lot. Consider, for instance, that the starting lineup that fueled Indiana’s seven-game win streak - Jeff Teague, C.J. Miles, Paul George, Young, and Myles Turner - has outscored opponents by 10.6 points per 100 possessions in 193 total minutes this season, a mark that ranks 8th in the league among 44 lineups that have played at least 190 minutes. By comparison, their lineup with Glenn Robinson III replacing Miles and Kevin Seraphin in place of Young is minus-3.9 points per 100 possessions in 61...