CRUSHING THE TALENTS
FROM THE MISTAKE
BY THE LAKE
Game Time Start: 7:00 PM ET
Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Officials: M. McCutchen, S. Wall, G. Zielinski
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Cleveland Notes
Local TV: FSI
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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Season Records: (W-L)
36-22 (Home: 19-8) 19-37 (Away: 9-18)
Upcoming Games: Apr 14 Apr 16 Apr 17 Apr 19 Apr 21 at vs at vs vs 8:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG HIBBERT WEST GRANGER GEORGE HILL Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG THOMPSON JAMISON GEE PARKER SLOAN
Darren Collison, sore groin, day-to-day
Kyrylo Fesenko, getting into wacky hijinks in Point Place, WI, out
Daniel Gibson, torn tendon-left foot/ankle, out
Kyrie Irving, contused/sprained right shoulder, out
Anderson Varejao, right wrist fracture, out
Minimally Relevant Video:
Eight Points, Nine Seconds PreviewReview: Jared Wade: Pacers Don’t Lose to Cavs
Despite their best efforts, the Pacers beat the Cavaliers. Before we focus on
the ugly near-loss, let’s point out the most significant takeaway from the
evening: the Pacers got their 17th win of the season outside of Indiana,
guaranteeing them a winning road record for the first time since the first
Roosevelt administration. Meaning Theodore. (I don’t actually know when
the last time was. Someone look it up and tell us all in the comments.
Excellent milestone for a team that has shown that they are capable of
winning against any team on any night in any building. Who really thought
that could be possible right now even 6 months ago?
Unfortunately, what has generally been a very encouraging season has also
included plenty of discouraging games like tonight. It was a dull, mundane
game where the Pacers seemed to be going through the motions. And that
seemed to be enough to beat a team that, as Mike Wells noted on Twitter,
was “2-13 in their last 15 games” and has “called up 7 guys from the D-
League this season.” Until it wasn’t.
Depending on your perspective, the Cavs either started forcing a bunch of
turnovers late or the Pacers started to choke the game away and cough the
ball up repeatedly. The outcome was the same. Cleveland cut the lead to 8.
Then 5. Then 3. Then 1. Stop me if you can see the pattern. Soon, they were
winning and extending a lead as the Pacers looked incapable of scoring.
Indiana went nearly 6 minutes and 42 seconds without hitting a field goal in
fact. A George Hill three-pointer ending that impressive run of futility. And
it was a really good thing he showed up for work today. He added two layups
soon after to tie the game and then give the Pacers back the lead.
His actions after that, however, will likely make most forget that the team
probably would have lost...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
Jonathan Auping: What Else Rhymes With Lester?
CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
- How do we create excitement during a two-game stretch against the
same lottery-bound team? Bad jokes and random observations by
yours truly will have to do.
- Effort can be an issue against bad teams for the Pacers. When
Granger brings the hustle, the rest of the team usually follows suit.
Early in this one Granger set the tone, not just hitting shots, but
moving without the ball and playing defense. Unfortunately neither
Granger or the rest of the team maintained it for 48 minutes.
- Shouldn’t Omri Casspi have to get at least 20 minutes per game to
be able to have the same role as Serge Ibaka in a Sprite commercial?
- Every time I’ve seen Antawn Jamison score a bucket in a Cavs’
jersey since Lebron left I’ve thought to myself, “Ahh, poor guy, good
- So when you’re Brazilian do people not talk about your mustache?
Brazilian Blur? More like Brazilian Burt Reynolds. Am I right?
#MustacheJokes #SlowGame #WaitThisIsn’taTweet
- 163 NBA injuries later… “Walton! Luke! Yeah, you. You’re in.”
- Roy Hibbert’s got the post moves … it would just be nice if he could
execute them about 17% faster...
Cavs the Blog Quick Recap: Or, of dashed hopes and Lester Hudson
MVP: Danny Granger. Granger did his thing from all over the court on
Wednesday night, taking the ball to the post for some easy baskets while
hitting his jumpers whenever he got a look at them. He finished with a
game-high 23 points, and his contributions in overtime sealed the game for
LVP: Anthony Parker is just returning from an injury, and playing 37 minutes
on the latter half of a back-to-back clearly didn’t agree with him — after a
great game on Tuesday, Parker managed just 7 points on 2-8 shooting from
X Factor: The Cavaliers had absolutely zero success keeping the Pacers off
the free throw line. David West, Tyler Hansborough, and Danny Granger are
all great foul-drawers, and they got the Cavs to fall for their tricks time and
time again, leading to the Pacers getting 9 more points from the free throw
line than the Cavs did.
Turning point: With the Pacers up two and just over two minutes remaining
in overtime, Danny Granger nailed a 3-pointer to put Indiana up by 5, then
hit an 18-footer less than a minute later to seal the game for Indiana. The
Cavaliers gave the Pacers much more of a fight than they must have been
expecting, but the Pacers’ execution on both ends of the floor was simply too
much for the Cavs in overtime.
That was...sad: Lester Hudson made a game-tying 3 at the end of regulation
against the Nets on Sunday. only to watch his team lose in overtime. On
Wednesday, Hudson hit a game-tying floater at the end of regulation, only to
watch the Cavs lose in overtime yet again. Hopefully Hudson’s next clutch shot
will actually lead to a Cavalier victory.
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