Never Doubt the Legend: Bird swaps 20th pick for Thad Young

I was a little lukewarm about the Pacers’ trade of George Hill for Jeff Teague as I mentioned in my post yesterday. That was a bit of a lateral move with some potential for improvement on the offensive end, but also a certain dip on defense. But on draft day, Larry Bird worked his magic and […]

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I don’t like the Hill-Teague trade — for now

The 2015-2016 NBA season just ended and I’m already not liking where 2016-2017 is heading. That’s because the Indiana Pacers just shipped starting point guard George Hill in return for Atlanta’s Jeff Teague. But Hill isn’t going to Atlanta — he’s off to Utah in return for the Jazz’s 12th pick in the draft. I […]

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NBA Finals Ticket Prices Up for Warriors, Down for Cavaliers

Leading up to the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers have breezed their way through the playoffs, sweeping their opponents in the first and second rounds, and beating the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. In the West, the Golden State Warriors, who were down three games to one to the Oklahoma […]

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Pacers sign Nate McMillan as coach. Wait…what?

Well, that was anti-climatic. After firing (sorry, I mean not renewing) their successful coach from the last 5.5 years, Frank Vogel, the Indiana Pacers went ahead and hired…wait for it…wait for it… Nate McMillian. Yes, Frank Vogel’s former assistant coach, Nate McMillan. Larry Bird tried to spin it in his press conference today by saying […]

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Here’s the thing about Frank Vogel’s firing

Well, shit. Larry Bird really did it. The writing was on the wall and it didn’t get scrubbed off before Thursday’s news conference, when Bird announced that the Pacers would not be renewing head coach Frank Vogel’s contract. The decision seemed inevitable immediately after the Pacers bowed out of the playoffs in game 7 of […]

Pacers drop game 7 in Toronto, look forward to next season

And that’s that. The Indiana Pacers’ 2015-2016 campaign just came to an end tonight in Toronto after falling in game 7 to the Raptors, 89-84. Despite the disappointment, the Pacers can hold their heads up high after pushing the 2nd seed to the limit as a 7th seed. They’ve certainly exceeded my expectations after a […]

Pacers thump Raptors in 2nd half, force game 7

There’s not much more to say. Game 7, here we come. After the heartbreak of game 5, in which they squandered a 13-point 4th quarter lead in the most disgusting of ways, the Indiana Pacers regathered themselves in the 2nd half of game 6 and cruised to a 101-83 victory, setting up a decisive game […]

Pacers play with rare fire, rout Raps to tie series 2-2

Game 4 in Indy was a make-or-break game, and the Pacers have tended to respond well with their backs against the wall. In the end, they did it again, playing with a passion and fire we’ve rarely seen this season, if at all, running out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and going […]

Pacers stun Raptors to go up 1-0

Wow. Consider me shocked. They say the playoffs offer a reset button, and I suppose that’s true, because the Indiana Pacers just crashed the party by taking game one from the Toronto Raptors with a 100-90 victory. Paul George went OFF in the second half, finishing with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals […]

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Do the Pacers stand a chance against the Raptors?

Er…not really. As much as I like to dream, the 7th seeded Indiana Pacers (45-37) need half a miracle to overcome the 2nd seeded Toronto Raptors (56-26) in their first round NBA playoffs match-up commencing Saturday afternoon. Granted, the odds are better than they would have been had the Pacers fallen to the 8th seed […]

Pacers return to playoffs, but as what seed?

Some historic happened in the NBA today. No, I’m not talking about the Golden State Warriors equaling the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins. I’m talking about the Indiana Pacers trouncing the Brooklyn Nets, 129-105, ensuring the team’s return to the playoffs after last year’s wasted season. Some say the Pacers might have been […]

Pacers kick off ‘cupcake’ final stretch with win over 76ers

The Indiana Pacers have been talking all season. Wait till PG gets his legs back and meshes with Monta. Wait till Myles Turner gets some games under his belt. Wait till CJ Miles and Rodney Stuckey to return from injuries. Wait till Ty Lawson returns from injury. The team will be “scary” then. All these […]

Ty Lawson injured in debut, but Pacers beat Spurs 99-91

Gosh these Pacers can be frustrating. Whenever you think they’ve turned the corner they chuck up a turd. But whenever you think they’re just about done they pull off a stunning victory like the one they did tonight against the Spurs. Final score, 99-91, with most of the damage done in the first quarter as […]

Pacers stun Thunder in OKC in 1st post-ASW outing

I don’t like to brag, but I did say before the game that if the Pacers were going to steal one from the Thunder in OKC they won’t get a better opportunity than the first game after the All-Star break. I didn’t really believe they’d do it, especially not after they fell behind by 7 […]

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Pacers say bye to small ball, welcome back smash-mouth

Well, it looks like the Indiana Pacers small ball experiment is officially over after just half a season. After all that talk from Larry Bird about playing more like Golden State and putting Paul George at the four (which never really happened anyway), coach Frank Vogel has settled on a traditional two-bigs lineup that he […]

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