/ Aug 22, 2014 / 11:15 am
It’s been a less than ideal offseason for the Indiana Pacers. After consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances, Lance Stephenson left for Charlotte in free agency, and Paul George suffered a season-ending injury while playing for Team USA. Add to the fact that the other centerpiece of the team, Roy Hibbert, struggled mightily in the second half of last season, and there are a lot of question marks in Indiana. But fans of the team might find comfort in knowing that George Hill has been having a great summer.
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/ Aug 13, 2014 / 12:45 pm
After losing Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets in free agency and with Paul George likely out for the season, the Pacers are nobody’s favorites to win the East this season. In fact, it’s not far fetched to imagine a scenario where they miss the playoffs entirely. However, Larry Bird is confident in his team and does not plan on bottoming out this season.
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With Paul George lost for the entire 2013-14 season, the Pacers are scrambling to add some pep to an offense that ranked in the bottom third last season, even with George’s team-leading 21.7 PPG. A new report says they contacted Phoenix about acquiring third-team All-NBA point guard Goran Dragic in exchange for Roy Hibbert, Chris Copeland and cash. Read More »
Earlier in the off-season — after what Paul George described as the Pacers forgetting their “edge,” which led to a marked drop in performance during the second half of the season — the team was reportedly “quietly” shopping Roy Hibbert. We’re not so sure after a tweet and Instagram post showed Roy dining with Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with more tutelage in store. Read More »
/ Jul 7, 2014 / 12:00 pm
While the Indiana Pacers focus on bringing Lance Stephenson back, they’re also reportedly trying to see whether there’s a trade market for center Roy Hibbert. Read More »
/ May 30, 2014 / 12:30 pm
Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert were both fined for flopping after Game 5 against the Miami Heat. The Pacers have been critical of the officiating at times in this series, most notably when Paul George complained after a Game 4 blowout loss at Miami. There are no points for style in the playoffs, only the wins and losses count. But the Pacers, with all the infighting and excuses they’re making, are not endearing themselves to anyone. The flopping is also nothing new, as they have been by far the team penalized the most since flopping fines were instituted in 2012.
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On the final possession of last night’s game between the Heat and the Pacers, Miami trailed by two with a chance to either send the game into overtime or end the series with a three. LeBron James drove to the basket and found Chris Bosh in the corner for a three-point attempt that would have clinched the series. It turns out that was exactly what LeBron told Roy Hibbert he would do before the play even happened.
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/ May 27, 2014 / 10:30 am
For the fourth time in the 2014 NBA Playoffs and the sixth time over his last 21 games, Pacers big man Roy Hibbert put up a bagel in the scoring column. The runner-up for the 2014 DPOY was 0-for-4 with zero points during Indiana’s Game 4 loss, but blamed coach Frank Vogel‘s game plan more than his own play for another scoreless night. Read More »
/ May 21, 2014 / 10:30 am
Combined, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had 23 points on 10-for-22 shooting through the first three quarters. When asked during his between-quarter interview what he expected to see from James in the fourth, Pacers coach Frank Vogel was prescient: “He’s going to try and take over.” Together with a healthy D-Wade, that’s exactly what happened on the way to a 87-83 Heat road win to even the series. Read More »