Silver linings from Paul George’s injury

I don’t have a stomach for these types of things. I only saw it once, and once was enough. And my guess is that once was enough for most people. Which is why I can only imagine what Paul George was feeling lying there on the floor of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, seeing his leg twisted in a way no leg should ever be, with the horror written plainly across the faces...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Dissecting Lance Stephenson’s Departure from the Pacers

The immediate feeling was one of shock (“What?”). Then betrayal (“How could he?”). Then anger (“You bastard!”). Then denial (“We’re better off without him anyway”).  That was how I was after finding out that the Indiana Pacers’ top priority for the summer, Lance Stephenson, is not coming back to the team after accepting a 3-year, $27-million deal (player option...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Intriguing offseason for Pacers after disappointing finish

If you had said before the season began that the Indiana Pacers would finish with 56 wins, capture the East’s top seed and make the conference finals for the second consecutive year before losing in 6 to the Miami Heat, I think most Pacers fans would not be disappointed. Not necessarily happy, though no one would be in tears. But after the way the last three or four months have...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

PG explodes for 37 as Pacers barely edge foul-prone LeBron, Heat

Let’s be honest: the Indiana Pacers should be on vacation right now. Despite being in an elimination game at home against the Heat, who were without Chris Andersen (again) and an “iffy” Ray Allen, the Pacers played horrible, stinky basketball for most of the first half. It was the type of embarrassing stuff we saw at times against the Hawks in round 1 and against the Wizards...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

4 Thoughts on Pacers’ game 4 loss

It’s almost too depressing to write about how the Pacers performed in game 4, getting pounded from the outset, getting down by as much as 22, and generally not competing on their way to a 102-90 loss that puts them in a 1-3 hole heading back to Indiana. They have now lost 3 in a row and will need to win 3 in a row against the two-time defending champs to make the Finals. Stranger...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers waste hot start, bench play, lose 99-87 to fall down 2-1

It was looking good for a little while in the first quarter when the Indiana Pacers got off to a hot 17-4 start. But complacency and a few frustrating whistles helped Miami get back into it to be down just 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. In the second, the Pacers bench stepped up, with Luis Scola finally making a contribution and CJ Watson and Ian Mahinmi both doing solid...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers drop game 2 as series heads to Miami tied 1-1

Hard fought game, but in the end LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were too much down the stretch. Final score 87-83, and the Eastern Conference Finals is tied at 1-1. The teams will get 3 days off and play game 3 on Saturday at 8:30pm ET. The Pacers held a 1-point lead heading in the 4th quarter and led 73-69 with 6:12 left in the game, but Lebron then went to work, hitting a three and...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sharp, balanced Pacers take game 1 with 107-96 win

Admit it. You thought there was a good chance the Pacers would lay an egg tonight. But we forgot they were playing Miami, and the Heat always bring out the best in Indiana. The Pacers were in scintillating form tonight while the Heat were passive, and the result was a wire-to-wire 107-96 victory that wasn’t really that close. There were signs that the Heat might just turn it up...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 East Finals: Do the Pacers stand a chance against the Heat?

So here we are. The Heat vs the Pacers. Indiana vs Miami. The 2014 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. It was what everyone expected at the start of the season and what no one saw coming just a few weeks ago. The two teams have had very different paths up to this point. Both teams struggled down the stretch of the regular season, with Indiana limping to a 6-9 finish, while Miami didn’t...
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May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

West activates Godzilla mode, Pacers KO Wiz in 6

When ordinary beast mode is not enough, it’s time to activate “Godzilla” mode (or “Gojira” mode in Japanese). That’s exactly what David West did tonight, carrying the Pacers on his back and sending them back into the Eastern Conference Finals for a rematch with the Miami Heat. In the third quarter, when the Wizards attempted to rally back from a 14-point deficit, West...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers tortured in game 5 by Gortat, Wizards

I am speechless. I am without speech. The Indiana Pacers had an opportunity to close out the Washington Wizards in game 5 tonight after going up 3-1 in their second round series. Instead, they go out and lose — wait for it — 102-79(!), trailing by more than 30 at home for the second time this postseason. The Pacers are now 5-6 over last 11 home games. Of those 6 losses, this...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul George epic as Pacers edge Wiz from 19 down to go up 3-1

Well, it didn’t take long before this optimistic tweet after game 1 came back to haunt me. Game over. Pacers will lose game 1 to Wizards, and most probably the series. #Pacers — Pacers Pulse (@PacersPulse31) May 6, 2014 How quick we jump to conclusions. After coming back from a 19-point deficit to beat the Wizards 95-92, the Indiana Pacers have moved within a single victory...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers turn back the clock to suffocate Wiz in 85-63 win, lead 2-1

Let’s not carried away here because it’s just one game and the Pacers have only gotten back the home court advantage they lost in game one. But boy is it gratifying to see some Blue Collar, Gold Swagger again tonight in a second half for the ages as the Pacers held the Wizards to a franchise low in points in an 85-63 romp. It was ugly, but it was vintage Pacers basketball, the...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Hibbert explodes for 28 and 9 as Pacers tie series at 1-1

Has the curse of Andrew Bynum finally been lifted? On the day the Bynum experiment was officially terminated (ruled out for the rest of the playoffs), Roy Hibbert exploded out of the gate and powered the Pacers to a 86-82 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to tie their series with the Washington Wizards at 1-1. After that 0-0 in game one, Hibbert had 28 points and 9 rebounds to go...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers lose game 1 to Wiz as struggles continue

I said before the start of the series that the winner of game 1 will probably win the series. The Washington Wizards did that tonight, 102-96, and there’s no reason to doubt they won’t send the Pacers home for a long summer. The final six-point margin was not indicative of how much better the Wizards looked tonight (George Hill hit a few desperation threes at the end to make...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Round 2 Preview: Pacers (1) vs Wizards (5)

Quick turnarounds in the NBA mean quick turnarounds on Pacers Pulse. After finally edging the Atlanta Hawks in 7 hard-fought games yesterday, the Indiana Pacers will kick off their second round series against the Washington Wizards tomorrow at 7pm at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This is a really hard series to pick. The Wizards are better than I thought they would be, demolishing the...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers eliminate Hawks 92-80 as Hibbert comes back from the dead

After six long games, the Indiana Pacers finally strung together nearly 48 minutes of solid basketball in game 7 to eliminate the pesky Hawks, 92-80, and will move on to the second round against the impressive Washington Wizards, who disposed of the Chicago Bulls in 5). I’m not just saying this because they won — they played for each other, played to their strengths, and locked...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers force game 7 with 95-88 comeback win

Truth is, the Indiana Pacers were lucky to have forced a game 7. Lucky that David West is still on their team. West activated beast mode when called upon in the last 3 minutes of the game with the Pacers down 84-79. First he hit a couple of free throws and a 19-foot jumper to get the Pacers within 1, before George Hill scored on a layup to give the Pacers the lead. Then, with the...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers go down big in game 5, face elimination

The Pacers eked out game 4 to tie the series at 2-2 and were feeling confident. They thought they could just hold home court in game 5 and get two opportunities to close out the series in game 6, or in the worst case scenario, in game 7 at home. Instead, they fell behind by 30 to the Atlanta Hawks before making a furious rally that fell painfully short. Final score 107-97. At this...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers scrape 91-88 win to even Hawks series at 2-2

The good news is that the Pacers’ first round series is back even at 2-2 after the team pulled out a hard-fought 91-88 win in game 4. The bad news is that the Pacers still don’t look anything like a first seed that should be rolling over the streaky Hawks, meaning this series is far from over. It’s so shaky right now that I would still say game 5 at home on Monday is a must...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers fall into 1-2 hole with 98-85 loss

The Indiana Pacers squandered a great opportunity to get back on track tonight with a sluggish 98-85 loss to the Hawks in Atlanta tonight, falling behind 1-2 in their first round series. Game 4 will be in Atlanta on Saturday and it’s another must-win to avoid going back to Indy facing elimination. The Pacers must be frustrated (more on that later) but they can look to the positives...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers crush Hawks to tie series at 1-1

Well hello, Indiana Pacers. Welcome back (for now). It wasn’t looking so good at halftime trailing 52-48, but the Pacers came out on fire at both ends of the court in the second half to annihilate the Hawks with an impressive 101-85 win that included a 19-0 run stretching the third and fourth quarters. Paul George was looking MVP-conversation-like tonight, finishing with a gaudy...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers lose 101-93 in game one, home court advantage gone

Well that was disappointing. The Pacers came out on a roll against the Hawks in their first round matchup tonight, scoring the first basket on a David West dunk and the second on a Roy Hibbert hook shot. The Hawks would shoot their way to a lead as the Pacers gave up one frustrating long offensive rebound after another, but Paul George and Lance Stephenson carried the team in the...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Round 1 Preview: Pacers (1) vs Hawks (8)

And so the real fun begins. The No. 1 seeded Indiana Pacers (56-26) open their 2014 playoff campaign against the 8th seeded Atlanta Hawks (39-43) . No one gave the Hawks a chance after they lost Al Horford for the season with a pec injury, but they managed to hang around and finish the season strong by going 6-2 in their last 8 games. Conversely, the Pacers’ struggles since the...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers beat Magic, finish season 56-26

The Indiana Pacers reserves plus a half of Roy Hibbert and George Hill, minus CJ Watson and Ian Mahinmi, were good enough to blow out the Orlando Magic tonight 101-86. Of course, Orlando had reason to tank as they wanted to lock up the 3rd best chance of securing the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, but it’s always good for the Pacers to finish the regular season on a high...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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