Game Time Start: 7:00 PM EST
Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Officials: J. Capers, K. Fitzgerald, H. Workman
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Detroit Notes
Local TV: FSI
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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Season Records: (W-L)
41-23 (Home: 22-9) 24-40 (Away: 7-25)
Upcoming Games: Apr 25 PLAYOFFS PLAYOFFS PLAYOFFS PLAYOFFS vs 7:00 pm TBD pm TBD pm TBD pm TBD pm
Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG PENDERGRAPH WEST JONES GEORGE PRICE Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG MONROE MAXIELL PRINCE STUCKEY KNIGHT
Darren Collison, sore groin, probable
Minimally Relevant Video:
Eight Points, Nine Seconds PreviewReview: Tim Donahue: Pacers Come Oh So Close Against Philly
There was a lot to like about last night’s overtime loss to the Sixers. The
announced attendance of 17,701 didn’t look like much of an exaggeration to
my eyes. It was a large, enthusiastic, wholly pro-Pacer crowd.
And they were treated to a pretty good game...Lots of action...Lots of
momentum swings...Some great play by David West and a big game from
But, at the end, it still was a loss. In the grand scheme of things, that
probably doesn’t matter all that much, but I have to wonder how many more
converts to Pacerland would have been made...if Paul George had hit a
thrilling game winner...or if the Pacers could have closed out the overtime
when they had the lead.
It was a fun-ugly game. It was 48 minutes of playoff intensity, with another
five minutes thrown in as a bonus. Both teams scrapped and clawed as if this
was an elimination game.
The Pacers made big plays and big shots, but Philly made more. After the
game, I told George Hill that it felt to me that the Sixers had hit an
inordinate amount of “difficult” – read: “bad” – shots, and if he agreed.
He shrugged his un-iced right shoulder, and said, “That’s what desperate
teams do. A desperate team is going to try and claw its way out. They played
with great desperation, and they made some big plays down the stretch, and
we couldn’t make a couple.”
And that’s really both the difference in the game, and why we watch. Not just
watch, but invest in watching the Pacers, and sports in general. The passion.
The effort. The desperation.
Ugly game. Fun game. Playoff game...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
Hoops Addict Indiana’s Setting Their Own Pace
At the risk of a copyright claim by Sesame Street, let’s play a game of “one of
these things is not like the others” featuring the top four seeds in the Eastern
Conference playoff picture
- The No. 1 seeds are the Chicago Bulls, who boast reigning league
MVP Derrick Rose, reigning Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau and
one of the NBA’s best benches.
- The second seeds are the Miami Heat, whose leading scorers double
as, arguably, two of the game’s best three or four players.
- The No. 3 seeds are the Indiana Pacers, who haven’t finished .500
or better since the 2005-06 season and don’t feature a single player
among the NBA’s top 20 scorers.
- The No. 4 seeds are the Boston Celtics, winners of the East’s most
recent championship (2008) and featuring Rajon Rondo alongside a
trio of soon-to-be NBA Hall of Famers.
Congratulations for the eagle-eyed among you who picked the Pacers, who
have spent this season disrupting the East’s status quo and challenging
the notion that superstar-less clubs are simply also-rans in today’s NBA.
As chronicled in Sports Illustrated, Indiana, engineered by Larry Bird, has
pulled together a balanced group of complementary, quality players with
character in lieu of having one (or two or three) franchise guys.
Not only has the core of Danny Granger, Darren Collison, Paul George, David
West, Roy Hibbert, George Hill, Tyler Hansbrough and deadline addition
Leandro Barbosa already reached 40 wins on the year, but they’ve recorded
victories over each of the aforementioned elite Eastern clubs and are rolling
towards the postseason sporting a 10-1 April record.
It’s not just what they’re doing that’s remarkable, but how. Throughout NBA
history, the general rule of thumb has been ‘have superstar, will travel’. Since
2004, you haven’t won an NBA championship without one (or more) of Tim
Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Paul
Pierce or Dirk Nowitzki. Even before that, teams raised the Larry O’Brien
trophy on account of players like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Hakeem
Olaujuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and, well, Bird.
Then again, maybe this is the perfect time for a team like the Pacers to come
along and fly in the face of league history. Prior to this lockout-shortened
season, some analysts highlighted Indy as a potential riser (although I doubt
anyone expected this level of success), pointing to the club’s depth, balance
and youth as indications...CONTINUE READING HOOPS ADDICT