/ Apr 24, 2014 / 11:56 pm
The Pacers, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and Midas for NBA bloggers as they’ve self-destructed over the last two-plus months, lost Game 3 to the Hawks Thursday night, 98-85. The loss puts them in a 2-1 hole with Game 4 in Atlanta looming on Saturday afternoon. The expression of Pacers president Larry Bird during the game pretty well sums up what’s happened to the team with the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference this year. Read More »
The Pacers have gone through a complete metamorphosis since jumping out of the gate to a 40-11 start to the season. They faltered badly down the stretch and barely eked out the No. 1 seed in a ramshackle Eastern Conference. Then they lost Game 1 at home against the sub-.500 Hawks and the fire alarms blared even louder. Now comes word that coach Frank Vogel is “coaching for his job” with anything short of an NBA Finals berth a possible cause for dismissal. Read More »
Pardon The Interruption duo Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon won April Fools Day. After an awful attempt by LeBron James and a premature attempt by DeMarcus Cousins, it was nice to see a prank that worked so well a few ESPN staffers were bamboozled. Read More »
/ Jan 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm
Many NBA pundits are quick to tell you it’s a player’s league, and in many respects that’s true. Without a game-changing talent like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, it’s hard to compete with the league’s upper echelon.
Ignoring the impact of a good coach would be foolish, however, as we see from year to year the impact that an upgrade on the bench can bring to a team. Unless your team is one of the top seeds, coaches usually receive too much blame for failure and not enough credit in periods of success. Read More »
After the Indiana Pacers came back in the second half to defeat the visiting Miami Heat on Tuesday night, you’d think they’d want to rest and recover from a game that came close to matching the hype and verve of a playoff contest. Instead, Paul George decided to play Justin Timberlake in a game of H-O-R-S-E while gingerly moving around the court in sandals. Read More »
/ Oct 25, 2013 / 3:45 pm
With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, a Pacers team that significantly improved their bench. Read More »
/ Sep 25, 2013 / 5:30 pm
There is a wide belief among sports fans that basketball would be the easiest sport to coach as a player. The assumption that a player could play major minutes on a professional basketball team while playing productively and controlling the ego of million dollar players does not seem like an easy thing for a person to do. This becomes incredibly important when you remember the amount of video that coaches watch to reinvigorate stagnant offenses and to keep defenses strengthened. Read More »
/ Aug 29, 2013 / 3:30 pm
In today’s NBA, we cherish those coaches who win. Not only that, but coaches who win the Big One: a Gregg Popovich, a Phil Jackson, an Erik Spoelstra. If a coach is ring-less, they’re somehow lacking something â€” usually unquantifiable. So we thought it only fair to bring you five current NBA coaches (sorry George), without a â€” capital T â€” Title on their coaching resume, but who fans should be happy to see patrolling their team’s sideline. Read More »
Since the second the final buzzer sounded on the Heat/Pacers game last night, debate has been raging over whether or not Frank Vogel cost his team the game by keeping Roy Hibbert on the bench on the final possession. Without Hibbert on the floor, LeBron James had a clear lane to the hoop and the win.
Could Roy have stopped LeBron’s drive (or at least fouled him)? Debatable. After the game, Roy swore he’d never sit idly by ever again. Read More »
Oh man … if the Indiana Pacers go on to lose this series against the Miami Heat, Pacers coach Frank Vogel is A) Going to be raked over the coals in the media for sitting Roy Hibbert on two crucial plays in overtime and B) Will forever be haunted by what could have been.
The criticism is fair. With his team up one with 2.2 seconds left in overtime, Vogel sat Hibbert – his best shot blocker and a presence that kept the Heat out of the lane for the majority of the game – in favor of a Tyler Hansbrough/Sam Young combo. His team paid dearly. Read More »