Pacers ink Aaron Brooks to 1 year/2.5m deal

This has been in the grapevine for a week and finally got confirmation today: Aaron Brooks has signed with the Indiana Pacers for 1 year at $2.5m. The 31-year-old point guard, who averaged 7.1 points in 16.1 minutes (over 69 games) last season, is expected to back up new acquisition Jeff Teague at the point, relegating Joe Young to the third string. Brooks is a scorer and not a natural...
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6 days ago

Pacers add Jeremy Evans

Call this a fringe move and a net positive. The Indiana Pacers acquired former Slam Dunk champ Jeremy Evans from the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to Stanko Barac. The Pacers also got some cash and the rights to Turkish forward Emir Preldzic. This was the Pacers’ fifth offseason move, with the first four being: 1. Jeff Teague for George Hill; 2. Thaddeus Young for the 20th pick...
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17 days ago

Interesting move: Pacers sign Al Jefferson for cheap

I didn’t see this one coming. It doesn’t really fit with the vision of a faster team that Larry Bird has supposedly been preaching — but yet I welcome the move because my memories of Al Jefferson are all of him tormenting the Pacers with dominant post moves. Jefferson is 31 years old and has a history of injuries. That’s one of the reasons why he played from the bench for...
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23 days ago

Never Doubt the Legend: Bird swaps 20th pick for Thad Young

I was a little lukewarm about the Pacers’ trade of George Hill for Jeff Teague as I mentioned in my post yesterday. That was a bit of a lateral move with some potential for improvement on the offensive end, but also a certain dip on defense. But on draft day, Larry Bird worked his magic and landed Thaddeus Young from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for the 20th pick (and a future...
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June 23, 2016

I don’t like the Hill-Teague trade — for now

The 2015-2016 NBA season just ended and I’m already not liking where 2016-2017 is heading. That’s because the Indiana Pacers just shipped starting point guard George Hill in return for Atlanta’s Jeff Teague. But Hill isn’t going to Atlanta — he’s off to Utah in return for the Jazz’s 12th pick in the draft. I genuinely hope I’m wrong, but I don’t like the Pacers...
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June 22, 2016

NBA Finals Ticket Prices Up for Warriors, Down for Cavaliers

Leading up to the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers have breezed their way through the playoffs, sweeping their opponents in the first and second rounds, and beating the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. In the West, the Golden State Warriors, who were down three games to one to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals staged a comeback...
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June 01, 2016

Pacers sign Nate McMillan as coach. Wait…what?

Well, that was anti-climatic. After firing (sorry, I mean not renewing) their successful coach from the last 5.5 years, Frank Vogel, the Indiana Pacers went ahead and hired…wait for it…wait for it… Nate McMillian. Yes, Frank Vogel’s former assistant coach, Nate McMillan. Larry Bird tried to spin it in his press conference today by saying that he hadn’t even considered McMillan...
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May 16, 2016

Here’s the thing about Frank Vogel’s firing

Well, ****. Larry Bird really did it. The writing was on the wall and it didn’t get scrubbed off before Thursday’s news conference, when Bird announced that the Pacers would not be renewing head coach Frank Vogel’s contract. The decision seemed inevitable immediately after the Pacers bowed out of the playoffs in game 7 of the first round against the 2nd seeded Toronto Raptors...
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May 05, 2016

Pacers drop game 7 in Toronto, look forward to next season

And that’s that. The Indiana Pacers’ 2015-2016 campaign just came to an end tonight in Toronto after falling in game 7 to the Raptors, 89-84. Despite the disappointment, the Pacers can hold their heads up high after pushing the 2nd seed to the limit as a 7th seed. They’ve certainly exceeded my expectations after a frustratingly inconsistent season, not bowing out in 5 games...
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May 02, 2016

Pacers thump Raptors in 2nd half, force game 7

There’s not much more to say. Game 7, here we come. After the heartbreak of game 5, in which they squandered a 13-point 4th quarter lead in the most disgusting of ways, the Indiana Pacers regathered themselves in the 2nd half of game 6 and cruised to a 101-83 victory, setting up a decisive game 7 in Toronto on Sunday. Paul George didn’t play all 48 minutes like he suggested he...
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April 29, 2016

Pacers play with rare fire, rout Raps to tie series 2-2

Game 4 in Indy was a make-or-break game, and the Pacers have tended to respond well with their backs against the wall. In the end, they did it again, playing with a passion and fire we’ve rarely seen this season, if at all, running out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and going up by as much as 25 points before finishing the rout with a final score line of 100-83. The game 2 loss...
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April 23, 2016

Pacers stun Raptors to go up 1-0

Wow. Consider me shocked. They say the playoffs offer a reset button, and I suppose that’s true, because the Indiana Pacers just crashed the party by taking game one from the Toronto Raptors with a 100-90 victory. Paul George went OFF in the second half, finishing with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. He shot 12-22 from the field and 4-5 from 3-point range...
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April 16, 2016

Do the Pacers stand a chance against the Raptors?

Er…not really. As much as I like to dream, the 7th seeded Indiana Pacers (45-37) need half a miracle to overcome the 2nd seeded Toronto Raptors (56-26) in their first round NBA playoffs match-up commencing Saturday afternoon. Granted, the odds are better than they would have been had the Pacers fallen to the 8th seed and played against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the gap between...
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April 16, 2016

Pacers return to playoffs, but as what seed?

Some historic happened in the NBA today. No, I’m not talking about the Golden State Warriors equaling the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins. I’m talking about the Indiana Pacers trouncing the Brooklyn Nets, 129-105, ensuring the team’s return to the playoffs after last year’s wasted season. Some say the Pacers might have been better off tanking and getting a lottery...
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April 11, 2016

Pacers kick off ‘cupcake’ final stretch with win over 76ers

The Indiana Pacers have been talking all season. Wait till PG gets his legs back and meshes with Monta. Wait till Myles Turner gets some games under his belt. Wait till CJ Miles and Rodney Stuckey to return from injuries. Wait till Ty Lawson returns from injury. The team will be “scary” then. All these expectations, but the team remains what it is — good enough to beat any...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Ty Lawson injured in debut, but Pacers beat Spurs 99-91

Gosh these Pacers can be frustrating. Whenever you think they’ve turned the corner they chuck up a turd. But whenever you think they’re just about done they pull off a stunning victory like the one they did tonight against the Spurs. Final score, 99-91, with most of the damage done in the first quarter as the Pacers raced off to a 25-13 lead and held the Spurs to a season-low...
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March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Pacers stun Thunder in OKC in 1st post-ASW outing

I don’t like to brag, but I did say before the game that if the Pacers were going to steal one from the Thunder in OKC they won’t get a better opportunity than the first game after the All-Star break. I didn’t really believe they’d do it, especially not after they fell behind by 7 points with less than 3 minutes to go. But then good fortune finally struck, and then George...
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February 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Pacers say bye to small ball, welcome back smash-mouth

Well, it looks like the Indiana Pacers small ball experiment is officially over after just half a season. After all that talk from Larry Bird about playing more like Golden State and putting Paul George at the four (which never really happened anyway), coach Frank Vogel has settled on a traditional two-bigs lineup that he intends to stick with the for remainder of the season. The...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Pacers finally win one in Turner’s 1st start

It’s been a long time coming. Myles Turner, the rookie stud set to become the new “beast” of the Pacers (since David West’s departure), finally got his first start of the season.  And he delivered. On a night where Paul George (who came in with back-to-back 30+ games) struggled with foul trouble and scored only 11 points (zero in the first half), Turner continued his solid...
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January 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Myles Turner rises as Pacers fade

If the Indiana Pacers are going to slide, then at least it will be entertaining. As the team got trounced 122-110 by the Golden State Warriors, as expected, dropping their 4th in five games and going to 4-6 on their last 10 games, rookie big man Myles Turner continues to shine. He had a career-high 31 tonight on 12-17 shots from the field and 7-9 from the line to go with 8 rebounds...
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January 23, 2016  |  Discuss

PG pours in 21-straight in 4th to ice Pistons

For the first three and a half quarters of tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons, Paul George sucked. He was 2-11 from the field and had 7 turnovers, and the Pacers were staring at a possible third consecutive loss to drop themselves out of the playoff standings. Considering how badly George and the Pacers have been struggling as of late (notwithstanding his 31-point performance...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Pacers hang on in East standings despite PG’s struggles

The so-called Leastern Conference has become the crazy conference this season. We’re two months into the season and there’s still just 3.5 games separating the first place team (Cleveland) and the ninth seed (Charlotte), which, by the way, was in second place just a week or so ago. The Pacers have largely managed to stay afloat in the middle pack, climbing to third place tonight...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Pacers pull away from Mavs to stay afloat in East

The Eastern Conference is such a tight race right now that there is only a 3-game difference between 1st seed and 9th. It’s so close that last year’s top seed, the Atlanta Hawks, are currently out of the playoff race. The Pacers won a big game against the Dallas Mavericks today to stay at 3rd in the East behind the Cavs and the Bulls. Final score, 107-81, with the Pacers pulling...
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December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Pacers creamed by Warriors

Well, at least they gave it a shot. The Indiana Pacers are a really good team this season, but the Golden State Warriors are just in a different stratosphere. I honestly thought the Pacers stood a chance at handing the Warriors their first L of the season, but instead it was a brutal reality check of just how much better the defending champs are than everyone else. Final score: 131...
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December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Can the Pacers end the Warriors’ win streak

As impressive as Paul George and the Indiana Pacers have been his season, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors have just been on a different planet to the rest of the league. And it’s not even close. Tomorrow, the 12-7 Pacers will take on the 22-0 Warriors. On paper, the Pacers don’t really look like they stand much of a shot, but honestly, I think they might just be the...
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December 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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