RING PHILLY'S BELL!
Game Time Start: 7:00 PM EST
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia,PA
Officials: M. Callahan, D. Collins, D. Richardson
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Philadelphia Notes
Local TV: FSI
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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Season Records: (W-L)
39-22 (Away: 18-14) 31-29 (Home: 19-13)
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Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG HIBBERT WEST GRANGER GEORGE HILL Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG BRAND YOUNG IGUODALA MEEKS HOLIDAY
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- Kevin Love sat out of tonight’s game after taking an inadvertent
elbow to the head from JaVale McGee against the Nuggets last
Thursday. Maybe he should have taken some of those pills that
make the Pacers so tough.
- If playoff teams are supposed to use the last few weeks of the
season to stay sharp and execute the offensive sets that they
are most likely to rely on in the playoffs then the Pacers are
taking full advantage.
- This week in “Former Pacers, Where are They Now?”: Brad
Miller will be retiring at season’s end to focus on his hunting TV
show. I’m really starting to get sick of all these NBA players
that think they know everything about hunting. Way to
encourage the stereotype, Brad.
- Leandro Barbosa’s three point shooting is unpredictable to say
the least. Looked pretty brutal in this one, but 50% three point
shooting in the last nine games coming into the game for
Leandro the Barbarian (shout out to reader, Jordan, for the solid
- Speaking of Barbosa, the possibility of LB playing a similar role
in the playoffs to the one that J.J. Barea played for the Dallas
Mavericks last year is tempting to hope for. They obviously
aren’t the same player, but the instant offense and energy off
the bench is undeniable.
- I haven’t seen Brad Miller shoot this much since dove hunting
- I really take this sports-writing business seriously, but I’ll admit
that I stopped watching the game for a few minutes in the second
quarter when the Pacers had a 23 point lead in order to watch
footage of the Tupac hologram performance at Coachella last
weekend. I hear Malcolm Lee scored four points while I was gone.
I stand by my decision.
- As if it needed pointing out, everyone on this Pacers squad is
playing with a very high level of confidence right now.
- Well maybe not everyone. Darren Collison looked rusty. But a
point guard controversy might be the only thing that can mess up
such great chemistry. Let’s just assume DC will be back to playing
at a high level by next game.
- The play at the end of the second quarter where the Pacers got
four offensive rebounds punctuated with George Hill slamming it
home off the rim epitomized hustle and energy. The Pacers had
questionable effort at times of this hectic schedule, but I think it’s
safe to say they weathered the storm. If the effort and execution
are there in the playoffs, it will take a whole lot to send this team
Depressed Fan It's not that the Sixers have collectively cashed in this season that bothers
me. It's not that they look like an NBADL team out there that keeps me up
at night. I can deal with bad teams. I've dealt with them in the past. There's
always been a reason to watch. The thing that makes this season so
unbelievably unbearable is that they had to start out so well. They had to
plant that seed of false hope, only to fall to pieces in front of our eyes. I'm
sure it's not the case, but when you watch them get beat up by the Magic
without Dwight, you can't help but say to yourself, "They don't even care."
Here's your rotation chart. Note the team played pretty well in the first
eight minutes, only allowing 14 points. Then Spencer Hawes came in and
Orlando scored 47 points over the next 16 minutes all with Hawes in the
This game was an abomination from early on. Jodie Meeks and Spencer
Hawes kept the Sixers from having about a 15-point lead in the first quarter,
then led the charge to a complete defensive collapse in the second quarter.
The details are immaterial at this point, this team isn't sinking, they've sunk.
And they know it.
Doug Collins has officially taken the "master of panic" mantle from Stan Van
Gundy, and he's wringing the life out of it. With a back-to-back-to-back on
the schedule, Collins cut Nikola Vucevic out of his rotation and went with a
7-man rotation, plus 32 minutes of Spencer Hawes. No one got rest. The
short-handed Magic didn't have to deal with fresh legs at any point. Collins
managed to coach tonight as if it was the 7th game of the Finals and put the
team in an even worse spot heading into the next two games. That's quite
The players have seemingly packed it in. The coach is clearly panicking. The
only question is whether there are enough games left in the season for the
Sixers to fall completely out of the playoff picture.
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