12-6-13: After falling in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat, the Pacers have jumped out to their best start in franchise history. Paul George is leading the NBA’s best team to new lengths this season. Although the Pacers’ seven-game winning streak ended on Monday in Portland, they recovered to beat the Jazz in Utah two days later. Roy Hibbert, who has totaled the most blocks of any player this season, is on his way to another all-star appearance as well as possibly his first Defensive Player of the Year award. With the Pacers’ impressive performance thus far, it is sure to be at least a two-team race in the Eastern Conference.
11-28-13: The Indiana Pacers continue to steamroll their competition and prove that they are destined for a return trip to the Eastern Conference Finals at a minimum. Their 14-1 record is the best in the NBA and Indiana shows little signs of letting up – especially after the Derrick Rose injury. The Pacers have won five straight but have a tough five game road trip upcoming at the start of December with games against the Clippers, Trail Blazers, Spurs and Thunder. If they come out of that stretch with some big wins, Indiana will have proven to be elite.
11-22-13: After pulling out a miracle win at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, the Indiana Pacers remain tied for the best record in the league at 10-1. The only loss for the Pacers this season came against their rival Chicago Bulls, after Indiana had started the season 9-0. Paul George is playing like a bona-fide superstar and the defense that was great last season is once again leading the league in points allowed.
11-15-13: The Indiana Pacers remained the NBA’s only unbeaten team in week three, as they extended their hot streak to an 8-0 record. Paul George has paced Indiana in scoring all year, while helping to lift them over Raptors, Nets and Grizzlies in week three. The 8-0 record keeps the Pacers locked into first place atop the Central Division.
11-8-13: Paul George has taken over the Pacers and has become a true star early in 2013, as he’s been a legit scorer and versatile weapon during Indiana’s impressive 5-0 start. It’s not just all about George, however, as the gritty coaching of Frank Vogel and Indiana’s hard-nosed defense has propelled them to their early, and likely sustainable success. In fact, the Pacers have yet to allow a team to score 100 points through five games, while they’ve allowed over 89 just twice. It’s that kind of intensity and consistency that should have Indiana working towards a division title in 2013.
11-1-13: After being just one game away from making it to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2000, the Pacers will hope to get over the hump this time around. Emerging star Paul George, who recently signed a five-year contract extension, will look to build on last year’s successes after having a strong preseason. With Danny Granger out for the first few weeks of the regular season, George will be relied upon heavily to give his team a good start. David West, who enters his third season in Indiana, also put up some good numbers in the preseason.
10-18-13: Following a deep playoff run where they surprised many teams who didn’t believe in them the Indiana Pacers have added depth and experience to their lineup. However this preseason has been tough for the Pacers as the have dropped all four games in which they have played this season, Luis Scola has himself a nice outing in the Pacers last game scoring 14 leading the team. The Pacers have 4 preseason games left:
- October 18 @ Chicago
- October 19 @ Cleveland
- October 22 @ Atlanta
- October 25 @ Dallas
8-23-13: After coming just one game short of knocking off the Miami Heat to reach the NBA Finals, the Indiana Pacers will hope that the depth added this offseason will be enough to keep them with the elite group at the top of the Eastern Conference. With a healthy Danny Granger returning to the lineup, the Pacers offense will be much more dangerous. And despite Pyscho-T and his tornado of energy playing elsewhere, the Pacers were able to sure up their scoring off the bench by adding Chris Copeland and Luis Scola.
The Pacers will get their first shot of revenge against the Miami Heat on their home floor on Tuesday, December 10th. The Heat will make a return trip to Indianapolis on Wednesday, March 26th. The Chicago Bulls, with a healthy Derrick Rose, make an early season trip to Indiana and Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, November 6th and a second trip on Friday, March 21st. The Pacers open their home schedule on Tuesday, October 29th against the Orlando Magic.
Key Home Games:
- October 29th – Orlando Magic
- December 10th – Miami Heat
- December 20th – Houston Rockets
- December 22nd – Boston Celtics
- January 18th – L.A. Clippers
7-27-13: The Pacers are on the verge of acquiring Luis Scola from the Phoenix Suns. Swingman Gerald Green, along with future draft considerations would go back to Phoenix in the deal.
Pacers 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 23: SF Solomon Hill, Arizona.
6-12-13: The absence of Danny Granger proved to be a blessing in disguise for Paul George. George averaged a career high 17.4 points per game this year having a breakout season and making his first all star team at the age of 22. He was able to lead the Pacers deep into the playoffs, making it to the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Miami Heat in a decisive 7th game. The pacers have an extremely young group moving forward that is capable of contending for the next few years. It will be interesting to see what they do with some of there aging veterans, such as Granger and David West this off season.As a three seed, the pacers were able to win 49 games this year.
2-27-13: The Indiana Pacers are on a roll and have stripped away the two seed in the East from the New York Knicks. Behind all-star caliber play from the young budding star Paul George the Pacers have won 5 straight leading to a 36-21 record. With a 24-5 record in their home arena Paul George is averaging 17 points 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead his team. The return of Danny Granger should older strengthen the depth of the roster. In the past it was Granger who was the go-to guy, but that seems to have shifted to Paul George during his absence. The Pacers next two opponents are the Clippers and Raptors.
11-26-12: The Pacers are another team that has started the season with their star player being injured with no return date in site. Danny Granger is out indefinitely and the team has struggled to find out where they can pick up the slack. Thus far the only impressive win for Indiana was beating a Mavericks team without Dirk Nowitzki by 20.