Indiana Pacers News
9-22-14: No one in the eastern conference had a worse offseason than the Indiana Pacers. First the Pacers did little to address the depth of their bench. Signing CJ Miles and Rodney Stuckey were okay moves but one of them will most likely be plugged in as a starter as they lost Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets for a price they could have easily countered. Also all-star and cornerstone of team Paul George will be out for the year after suffering a compound fracture in his leg during with Blue/White team USA scrimmage. Now the team is led by Roy Hibbert and an aging David West, it will not be a surprise if this team misses the playoffs altogether this season.
8-13-14: The Indiana Pacers lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to rival Miami Heat for the second straight season and heading into this off season there were many questions as to where the Pacers go from there. This biggest blow this offseason is obviously losing their star player Paul George who suffered a terrible fracture to his leg while participating in a Team USA showcase in Las Vegas that will put him out for the season. The Pacers organization also lost a key player in Lance Stephenson who opted to sign with the Charlotte Hornets, but were able to add some solid weapons with signings of Damjan Rudez, Shayne Whittington, C.J. Miles, and Rodney Stuckey.
6-9-14: Yet again, the Pacers just could not get by the Miami Heat in the playoffs. Frank Vogel, who noted how disappointing it was to lose to LeBron James’ squad three years in a row, will return for the 2014-15 season. Although media outlets continued to discuss Vogel’s wavering job security, the Indiana organization made the official decision soon after the Pacers dropped Game 6, 117-92. Paul George scored a game-high 29 points in that contest, but Lance Stephenson was more frustrating than helpful to the team. His attempts to distract LeBron were childish, but there is a chance that Stephenson can mature under Larry Bird’s tutelage.
6-2-14: The Pacers stayed alive with their strong performance in Wednesday’s home Game 5. After LeBron James outplayed Lance Stephenson and led the Heat to wins in Games 3 and 4, Paul George took charge in Game 5. He scored a game-high 37 points, including 21 points in the fourth quarter, and brought the Pacers their second win of the series. George played very well in the second half after Indiana had a difficult first half. The Pacers rallied from a double-digit deficit in Game 5 to defeat the Heat, 93-90, to bring the series to a Game 6 in Miami.
5-27-14: Even without Evan Turner, the Pacers played very well in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana led by 10 points at halftime and extended the lead in the third quarter. Paul George’s 24 points and Lance Stephenson’s game-high eight assists led the way for the Pacers that evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Turner, who was arguably the most important player acquired at the trade deadline, looks like he will not be a factor in this series. He was available in Game 2, but Frank Vogel decided not to play him as the Pacers fell, 87-83. However, Lance Stephenson did score a game-high 25 points.
5-19-14: After a difficult first two games at home, the Pacers put together a 3-1 record this past week to win the second-round series in six games. Indiana split Games 1 and 2 with the Washington Wizards, but the Pacers dominated Game 3. Paul George scored a game-high 23 points, and his team outscored the Wizards by 21 points in the second half in Washington. Then, in Game 4, the Pacers rallied from a 19-point deficit to win the contest to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Although the Pacers did not play well in Game 5, David West led Indiana to the series victory as he led all scorers with 29 points in Game 6.
5-12-14: The Pacers barely moved past the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. Indiana rode its strong defense to the 92-80 victory over the Hawks in Game 7 of the first-round series. Paul George put up a game-high 30 points in that contest as Indiana advanced to face the Washington Wizards in the second round. The Pacers have a great history against the Wizards, but struggled in the beginning of Game 1. The poor start prevented Indiana from winning that contest, but Roy Hibbert and the Pacers bounced back to tie the series with a four-point win in Game 2. Hibbert’s season-high 28 points led the way that night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
5-5-14: The Pacers found a way to get back into this series this past week. After losing two of the first three games to the Atlanta Hawks, Indiana took two of the next three contests to force a home Game 7. Interestingly, the Hawks have already won two games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this postseason after going 1-1 in the regular season in Indiana. Although Paul George scored only 12 points in Game 3, he bounced back to score 24 points in Game 4, a game-high 26 points in Game 5 and 24 points in Game 6. He keyed a 16-4 Pacers run to close out Game 6 as they won, 95-88.
4-28-14: There are quite a few problems with the Pacers in the first round. Although Larry Bird has tried to dispel rumors that Frank Vogel is coaching for his job, Indiana is still down, 2-1, in this series against the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. There was also a problem with Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner off the court. Before Game 1, they scuffled and reportedly threw punches. Although Stephenson and Turner shot efficiently in the first game of the series, the Pacers dropped that contest. Behind Paul George’s game-high 27 points, Indiana bounced back to win Game 2. However, Roy Hibbert continued to struggle as the Pacers lost Game 3 in Atlanta.
4-21-14: The Pacers struggled through the final couple of months of the regular season, but they still finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Indiana played without their stars in two of the team’s last four games of the season, but Paul George and company stepped up after their loss to the Miami Heat on Friday. The Pacers defeated the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, 102-97. In that contest, Lance Stephenson tallied his NBA-best fifth triple-double in the 2013-14 season. Even while resting his players, Frank Vogel was able to coach the Pacers to three wins in their last four games. They hope to continue their recent success in the playoffs.
4-16-14: Indiana Pacers playoff tickets average $161 on the secondary market, which is 7th in the eastern conference and 14th overall. The regular season average was $76, meaning there is a 112% premium on Pacers playoff tickets. The Pacers are currently locked in to the 1st seed in the conference and will face the Hawks in the opening round.
4-7-14: It is not looking like the Pacers will have a strong finish to the regular season. They had a subpar week, as they posted a 1-3 record. The three losses came in a row and were all by double digits. Indiana averaged 77 points per game in the three losses and fell to the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs. On Wednesday, the Pacers finally stopped their horrendous stretch with a victory. Paul George scored a game-high 27 points in the Pacers’ 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons. However, the Pacers still might not be able to beat out the Miami Heat for the first spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
4-1-14: Unfortunately, the Pacers’ week did not start so well. Andrew Bynum is now out indefinitely with continued soreness and swelling in his right knee. Paul George made Pacers fans feel much better on Friday evening as he triple-doubled Indiana to the 91-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers had a tremendous 19-0 run in the third quarter to help widen their gap in the Central Division. However, Indiana did not have that many successful runs in the next two contests. The Pacers lost both of their games on their road trip, but bounced back to beat the Miami Heat by one point on Wednesday.
3-24-14: After having a difficult beginning to March, the Pacers have gone back to their winning ways. On Friday, they kept the Philadelphia 76ers’ losing streak going. Lance Stephenson’s double-double, including his game-high 12 rebounds, helped him get out of his mini slump and led Indiana to the seven-point win. Then, the next night, the Pacers rallied from a 25-point deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons in overtime, 112-104. On Monday, the Pacers got their 50th win of the season with another victory over the 76ers. However, Wednesday did not go as well for Indiana. Iman Shumpert played strong defense against Paul George in the 92-86 New York Knicks win over the Pacers.
3-17-14: The Pacers finally stopped their season-long losing streak, but they sure have struggled without C.J. Watson this season. He missed all three games this past week, and they won just one of the contests. Indiana traveled from Charlotte to Texas to take on the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. The Pacers fell to the Rockets on Friday, 112-86. Then on Sunday, although Paul George put up a game-high 27 points, Indiana dropped the game to the Mavericks by 11 points. However, when the Pacers returned home for Tuesday’s game, it was a happy night. Not only did they beat the Boston Celtics by double digits, but Andrew Bynum also made his Pacers debut and almost double-doubled in the process.
3-10-14: The Pacers’ week started very well, but they finished it poorly. Indiana played two back-to-back sets: the team swept the first and was swept in the second. Frank Vogel’s squad traveled to Boston on Saturday and won a hard-fought game, 102-97. Then on Sunday, the Pacers hosted the Utah Jazz and with their 94-91 victory, they improved their NBA-best record to 46-13. David West scored a game-high 25 points in that contest. However, Indiana then dropped games to the Golden State Warriors and to the Charlotte Bobcats. Even with those losses, the Pacers became the first NBA team to clinch a playoff spot this season.
3-3-14: Despite efforts from the Jazz to keep it a close game, the Pacers pulled away in the final minutes of the 4th quarter to gain their 5th straight win Sunday night, 94-91. David West led Indiana in scoring, with 25 in 33 minutes. Gordon Hayword was the high man for the Jazz, with 21. The Pacers currently hold a 2.5 game lead over Miami for the top spot in the East.
3-2-14: The Pacers had an easy schedule this past week, and they took advantage of it to go 3-0. On Saturday at Milwaukee, Paul George scored a game-high 32 points in the Pacers’ 110-100 victory over the Bucks. Then on Tuesday, Indiana returned home for a quick, two-game homestand. The Los Angeles Lakers entered the Bankers Life Fieldhouse and were destroyed. Evan Turner made his Pacers debut and scored 13 points to help his new team win by 20 points. With that victory, Frank Vogel’s squad moved to 30 games above .500. Although George Hill left Thursday’s game in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder injury, the Pacers got the best of the Bucks again and won, 101-96.
2-24-14: Paul George, who captained the Eastern Conference for the All-Star Saturday festivities, was a part of the victorious dunk contest team with John Wall and Terrence Ross. He then started and scored 18 points in the All-Star game as he helped his conference get the win. Roy Hibbert came off the bench for Frank Vogel’s Eastern Conference squad and scored eight points. Afterwards, the Pacers played two games and made a deal right at the trade deadline. Indiana split its back-to-back set by defeating the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. On the following day, the Pacers acquired Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen in exchange for long-time Pacer Danny Granger and a second-round pick.
2-21-14: In undoubtably the biggest
move at the NBA trade deadline; The Pacers have acquired guard Evan Turner and forward LaVoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the expiring contract of Danny Granger and a 2nd round pick. Turner has averaged 17.4 points, 6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists this season.
2-18-14: Although the Pacers played three of their four games this past week at home, they had a frustrating 2-2 record. However, their first game was an impressive one. Behind George Hill’s career-high 37 points, Indiana fought hard to successfully make a comeback against the Portland Trail Blazers. Even without Lance Stephenson, the Pacers moved their league-best record to 15-7 when trailing at halftime this season. On Sunday, Indiana let another team be the comeback kings. In Orlando, the Magic outscored the Pacers by 11 points in the fourth quarter to win, 93-92. Frank Vogel’s squad quickly bounced back to blow out the Denver Nuggets the next day. The Pacers’ success was short-lived as they fell by eight points to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
2-10-14: The Pacers started their fantastic week by officially signing Andrew Bynum to a $1 million contract for the rest of the season. The day was made even better as Indiana edged the Brooklyn Nets, 97-96. A few nights later, the Pacers played a back-to-back set as they hosted the Orlando Magic and then faced the Hawks in Atlanta. On Monday, Indiana’s group effort as well as the team’s 18-1 second-half run led the Pacers to a 19-point victory over the Magic. Tuesday’s game was another win for the Pacers, but there were some causes for concern. First, they committed a season-high 14 turnovers in the first half. Second, Lance Stephenson left the game with a back injury after he took a hard fall. The Pacers hope to get him back within the next few games.
2-4-14: The Pacers did not have an especially difficult schedule this past week, but they did have to face four Western Conference opponents. They finished their five-game road trip with a 3-2 record. On Friday at Sacramento, Paul George dropped a team-high 36 points and Lance Stephenson contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Pacers defeated the Kings in overtime. Although Indiana fell to the Nuggets in Denver on Saturday, Stephenson’s career-high 14 boards helped the Pacers get a double-digit win against the Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday. Thursday was a fantastic night for Stephenson even though he was not selected as an all-star. The Suns might have beaten the Pacers, but Stephenson registered his league-leading fourth triple-double of the season.
1-27-14: The Pacers finished their homestand with a perfect 4-0 record as they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by 14 points. In that game, Paul George scored a game-high 36 points and had his most efficient shooting night of the season. That performance helped George get Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors. Then, with a win at Golden State, the Pacers pushed their record to an NBA-best 33-7 and became the first team this season to have multiple four-game streaks of winning games by double digits. However, Indiana’s winning streak was halted with a 24-point loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Pacers hope that this game was just a speed bump on the way to a championship.
1-20-14: It is just getting too easy for the Pacers at home. After wins over the Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks in Indiana this past week, the Pacers have won each of their last nine games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. On Thursday, Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 28 points in the Pacers’ 28-point win over the Knicks. With this type of dominance at home, it will be important for Frank Vogel’s squad to get home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. As of right now, they are on pace to do just that. As opposed to last season when they fell in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami, the Pacers are looking like they will be hosting that game this time around.
1-7-14: The Pacers had a solid 2-1 week, but did drop a game to an Eastern Conference foe. Indiana defeated the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers by a combined 29 points. Paul George scored a game-high 24 points on Saturday against the Nets and then led all scorers with 21 on Tuesday. With those victories, the Pacers pushed their home record to an NBA-best 15-1 this season. However, they then traveled to Toronto and lost to the Raptors by double-digits. Indiana now stands at 5-4 this season on the second night of back-to-backs. Fortunately for the Pacers, there are no back-to-back games in the playoffs.
12-30-13: The Pacers rebounded from their first two-game losing streak of the season to win their three games this past week by a combined 77 points. They blew out the Houston Rockets on Friday, 114-81, and then the Boston Celtics two days later by the score of 106-79. In doing so, Indiana became just the second team this season to win consecutive games by at least 25 points. In the huge victory over the Celtics, Lance Stephenson registered his third career triple-double. All three of his have come this season, and he leads the league in that category. Stephenson followed up his strong performance against Boston by scoring a career-high 26 points in a 17-point win over the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.
12-22-13: In all of November, the Pacers lost just one game, and it was in Chicago against a healthy Bulls team. However, the month of December is not even over yet, and Indiana’s basketball team has encountered four losses, including ones to the Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat this past week. The Pistons defeated the Pacers on Monday in Indiana, marking the first time Frank Vogel’s squad has lost at home in 2013-14. Nevertheless, the Pacers still own the Eastern Conference’s best record at 20-5. In addition, the rich continue to get richer as Danny Granger plans to make his season debut on Friday against the Houston Rockets.
12-13-13: It was one difficult week of opponents for the league-best Pacers. They finished a five-game road trip in San Antonio and Oklahoma City on back-to-back nights. Led by 28 points from MVP candidate Paul George, the Pacers beat the Spurs for the first time in 12 tries. Although the Pacers then lost by 24 points to the Thunder, Indiana quickly bounced back with a home victory over the defending champion Miami Heat. On Wednesday, these teams have a rematch, this time in South Beach. A second consecutive victory over the Heat would go a long way for a Pacers team that has championship aspirations.
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.