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With the Indiana Pacers' elimination of the New York Knicks out of the Eastern Conference semifinals taking place on Saturday night, the NBA's version of the "Final Four" is set. The Pacers get ready to take on the defending champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals with Game 1 Wednesday night in Miami. The Western Conference Finals, which will feature the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs, will kick off Sunday afternoon with their Game 1 in San Antonio. These four teams are in the spot they're in because of two main things: consistency and health. Through all of the struggles and rigors of the regular season and playoffs, these teams have been able to stay true to their identities and avoid crucial injuries to key personnel. Two teams, the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder, were legitimate threats to compete for the NBA title before key injuries hampered their chances. With that said, there should be nothing taken away from the teams that are still standing. The games still have to be played, and all the credit goes to the teams who took care of their business. Looking at the east side of things, I don't think there's any doubt these are the two best teams in the conference. It seems everyone had their sights set on a match-up between the Heat and Knicks, as a rivalry that goes back to the mid-90s would have been reignited, along with have the markets of Miami and New York going against each other. While that might have looked sexy on paper, I don't think it would have been much of a series because the Knicks clearly aren't mentally tough enough to beat the Heat. I believe Miami would have beaten the Knicks in five games if they were to meet. The Pacers are better than the Knicks and proved it on the court by beating them in six. I also believe the Pacers are a better match-up for the Heat because of the strengths they possess. They can score on the inside with center Roy Hibbert and power forward David West, and they can hammer you in offensive rebounding. If you're going to topple Miami, you have to be able to do those things. I don't know if the Pacers can beat the champs, but I definitely give them a better chance than the Knicks would have had. Out west, the Grizzlies and Spurs are almost mirror images of each other and this series has six or seven games written all over it. People will tell you if the Thunder didn't lose point guard Russell Westbrook, the Grizzles probably wouldn't be in this position. Because of the way Memphis plays, they would have still been a tough out for even a healthy OKC team. Let's not forget the Grizzlies had the league's best defense, giving up only 89.3 points per game, and the inside combo of power forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol has been on fire in the playoffs. It would have been nice to see what would happen if the Thunder was healthy, but let's not take anything away from the Grizzlies. Meanwhile, the Spurs just do what they do. Just when you think they're done, here they are with another chance to be back in the NBA Finals. Most analysts thought the Golden State Warriors were primed and ready to take the Spurs out in the last round, but San Antonio made the adjustments to stop sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and slay the Warriors in six games. All and all, the best four teams are left standing, and that's the way it should be. Forget about all of the stuff with big and small markets. If you have good management, you can produce great teams. These teams are clear examples of that. Expect these two conference finals to be classics.
By Charles Taylor
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After advancing to the conference semis, Frank Vogel referred to the Heat as the next team in their championship run, a comment LeBron James took umbrage with.
Pacers Guard Lance Stephenson(Photo: Spurlock/USA Today)
The Indiana Pacers. The Eastern Conference Finals.
Who would have thought?
We knew they’d be back…some year.
But at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season? After losing their best shooter, Danny Granger, who would have thought it would be this year?
Anyone who watched them in the playoffs. That’s who.
Because the Pacers...
Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert came away with the huge block on New York Knicks forward Carmello Anthony during the 4th quarter of Saturday night’s Game 6. Melo appeared to have the clear path to an easy slam after spinning on Paul George. However, the 7’2” Hibbert came over from his help position to stuff Melo, and give the Pacers momentum before the game’s final push, which...
The Indiana Pacers needed a career-high game from Lance Stephenson to take down the New York Knicks in Game 6.
Stephenson chipped in 25 points on Saturday as the Pacers walked away with a hard fought 106-99 win to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Stephenson also secured 10 rebounds while Paul George contributed 23 points to the Pacers’ collection plate.
Indiana Pacers: Why The Pacers Will Win The East
By Mike Elworth: Publisher and Owner
Yes, this is actually an article stating that the Miami Heat will not make the NBA Finals. Shocking. Regardless, the Indiana Pacers have a legitimate chance to beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and here is a prediction that they will.
The Pacers did beat the Heat in 2 of the 3 games...
The Indiana Pacers closed out the New York Knicks in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semis with a 106-99 victory in Indiana. The highlight of the game was Pacers center Roy Hibbert stopping Carmelo Anthony‘s dunk with this impressive dunk. The post Roy Hibbert Delivers Monster Block On Carmelo Anthony appeared first on Ride The Pine.
The Indiana Pacers have the odds stacked against them facing the Miami Heat, but the team matches up well against Miami, and things could get very interesting if Lance Stephenson continues his impressive development as a player.
Adrian Wojnarowski has a nice profile of Stephenson, explaining how Larry Bird discovered him with a huge assist from another blast from the past, former...
George Hill has been cleared to play and will start for the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 against the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he doesn't expect Hill, who suffered a concussion on Tuesday night and missed Thursday's Game 5, to be limited.
The team released the following statement about 90 minutes prior to the tip:
Over the last two days...
LeBron James created the non-storiest of non-stories Sunday, when he responded to Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel referring to the Miami Heat as “just another team”. Unfortunately for LeBron, that’s not what Vogel said at all. He referred to the Heat as “just the next team” — a less dismissive comment, and one that also happens to be 100% accurate as the Heat are...
The Indiana Pacers won Game 6 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals but after the game everyone was talking about the Roy Hibbert block on Carmelo Anthony.
Hibbert’s block came at a huge part of the game. In the 4th quarter with 5 minutes left the Pacers were up 2 when Anthony decided to attack the rim. It looked like Anthony was going to tie the game but Hibbert had other...
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The Indiana Pacers won't know until Saturday night whether point
guard George Hill will start in Game 6 against New York.
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It’s the sexy thing to say these days, but I really think the Pacers will push the Heat to AT LEAST six games. The Pacers are a good team. Not sure the Heat have really been challenged so far so if the Pacers can come out and hit them in the jaw they have a shot. Heat will win though. Lock city
Lance Stephenson might have been the catalyst in Saturday night's Game 6 series clincher over the New York Knicks but it was Roy Hibbert's emphatic late-game rejection of a Carmelo Anthony dunk that represented how much the bigger, stronger Indiana Pacers dominated the Knicks under the basket throughout the series.
After the Knicks had taken a 92-90 lead on J.R. Smith’s...
The Pacers knocked off the Knicks six games to move on to the Eastern Conference finals. Now it’s off to South Beach to face off against the Miami Heat with the first game set for Wednesday, May 22. The Heat will have had almost a week off since ending their last series against the Chicago Bulls in 5 games. The Pacers play team ball and have a true young center in Roy Hibbert....