Indiana Pacers News
12-15-14: The Indiana Pacers have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in this still young 2014/2015 NBA campaign as the team has started the new season posting a 7-12 record. The Pacers started this week by packing their bags and traveling out to Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings in a road contest. During the contest the Pacers only shot 38% from the field but the team used 10 steals and great defense to take 96 shots, good for 13 more than the Kings in the game. David West led the Pacers with just 16 points but it was good enough to force an overtime period. In the overtime Rudy Gay and his 27 point night took over as the Kings held on to beat the Pacers by the final score of 102-101. The Pacers traveled back home to Indiana in their next contest when the team hosted the Atlanta Hawks in their next contest. During the game the Hawks held down the Pacers offense for much of the night holding the team to just 44% shooting from the field. Indiana managed just 18 points in the first quarter and could not make up the early deficit despite 15 points each from Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles. Al Horford led all scorers in the contest for the Hawks with 25 points while Jeff Teague chipped in 21 points in a 108-92 victory over the Pacers. Indiana finished their week off back at home as the team played host to the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the Clippers held the Pacers to just 39% shooting from the field in a game dominated by Los Angeles. The Clippers had six players that scored in double figures in the contest while Indiana was a one man team on the night behind 30 points from C.J. Miles. Miles was not enough to stave off the Clippers as Los Angeles went on to beat Indiana by the score of 103-96. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-15. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team travels to Toronto to take on the Toronto Raptors before returning home to host the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Indiana will then finish their week off back out on the road facing off against the Los Angeles Clippers.
12-5-14: The Indiana Pacers have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season as the team has only been able to post a 6-9 record in the first five weeks of the new NBA season. The Pacers started this week by heading back home the night after the Thanksgiving holiday to play host to the Orlando Magic in Indiana. During the contest the Pacers absolutely dominated the offensive and defensive rebounding as Indiana brought down 21 more rebounds than the Magic. Those extra opportunities led to 24 more shooting opportunities which ended up being the difference in the contest. Both the Magic and the Pacers shot 44% of the field but the extra shot attempts led Indiana to a 98-83 victory over Orlando. The very next night the Pacers were back at it again this time in Cleveland taking on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest the Cavaliers came out of the gates with a hot hand in the first three quarters. The Cavs put some distance between them and the Pacers in the third quarter especially when the team scored 35 points and outscored Indiana by 13 to take a healthy 16 point lead into the fourth quarter. Kevin Love led all scorers in the contest with 28 points while Indiana’s offensive attack was led by 14 points from David West but it was not enough as the Pacers fell to the Cavs by the score of 109-97. The Pacers looked to turn things around in their next contest when the team traveled to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns in the desert. During the contest the Pacers were done in by the three point shooting of the Suns and specifically Goran Dragic. Phoenix knocked down 12 three point shots as the team finished with 50% shooting from the field while Indiana managed to make just four of their attempts from three point land which ended up bring the difference in the contest. The Suns used their perimeter game and their outside shooting superiority to take down the Pacers by the score of 116-99. The Pacers finished their week off back out on the road as the team traveled to Portland to take on the Portland Trail Blazers inside Moda Center. During the contest the Pacers came out of the gate sluggish and not shooting well from the field as the team finished with just 33 points in the first half. The Blazers took full advantage of this slow start and used it to stave off a second half comeback from Indiana even though Portland was not firing on all cylinders either. Portland was led by 23 points from Damian Lillard as the Trail Blazers ended the week on a high note beating the Pacers by the score of 88-82. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-12. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to face off with the Sacramento Kings before coming back home to play host to the Atlanta Hawks and the Los Angeles Clippers to finish the week.
11-28-14: The Indiana Pacers made the playoffs last season in the Eastern Conference but has not had the best start to the 2014/2015 campaign as the team attempts a return trip to the postseason. Indiana has started the new season with a 5-7 record that has many around the team worried. The Pacers started this week by hosting the Phoenix Suns back at home in Indiana. In this contest the Pacers were outplayed and outscored in every single quarter as the team shot just 37% from the field and a meager 30% from beyond the arc in the contest. Meanwhile the Suns offensive attack was led by Gerald Green’s 23 points as Phoenix routed the Pacers by the score of 106-83. Indiana looked for a better outcome in their next contest as the Pacers traveled to Dallas to take on the Mavericks. In the contest Monta Ellis scored 24 points while Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks while the team shot 50% from the field. The Pacers were that much better though shooting 50% from the three point line and knocking down five more three pointers in a 111-100 victory for Indiana. The Pacers leading scorer was Donald Sloan who scored 29 points while six other players for Indiana scored in double figures in the victory. The Pacers finished their week off by traveling to the great state of Texas to take on the San Antonio Spurs in a road contest. During the contest Manu Ginobili enjoyed a hot hand shooting as the Spurs guard finished with 28 points off the bench to lead all scorers while shooting 10-18 from the field. Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard added 21 points each while Tim Duncan scored 17 in a 106-100 victory over the Pacers. Indiana watched as Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points and Luis Scola added 13 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Pacers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 6-9. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team heads home to host the Orlando Magic before setting out on the road to face off with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers.
11-21-14: The Indiana Pacers were a playoff team last year but the team has not played like one to start the
2014/2015 season as the Indiana has started the season 3-6. The Pacers did lose a huge chunk of their
team to free agency this season which would account for the tough start to their campaign. The Pacers
started this week by hosting the Denver Nuggets at home in Indiana. In the contest Denver shot 49%
from the field and used all 15 of their eligible players while Indiana managed just 41% from the field and
an even 50% from the free throw line in the game. Denver came out of the gates firing on all cylinders as
the Nuggets scored 64 points in the first half and took a lead with them into halftime that they would
not relinquish. When the final whistle was blown the Nuggets beat the Pacers by the score of 108-87.
The very next night the Pacers were back out on the road when the team traveled to Chicago to take on
the Chicago Bulls. Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 32 points for Chicago but Kirk Hinrich and Pau Gasol
were the only other Bulls players to score in double figures in the contest. Meanwhile The Pacers had
three players that scored 21 points each as Indiana went on to beat Chicago by the score of 99-90. In the
Pacers final game of the week the team traveled back home to host Al Jefferson and the Charlotte
Hornets. Jefferson led all scorers with 28 points in the contest leading the Hornets into the fourth
quarter with the lead. The Pacers took over in the fourth quarter behind Roy Hibbert and Luis Scola as
Indiana went on to win the contest by the score of 88-86. The Hornets committed 21 fouls in the contest
while Indiana played more disciplined fouling only 13 times. The free throw line is where the game
changing difference was made in the Indiana victory. When the week was all said and done the team
finished with an overall record of 5-7. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team hosts the
Phoenix Suns in Indiana before heading out on the road to take on the Dallas Mavericks and the San
11-14-14: The Indiana Pacers start to their 2014/2015 season did not start off the way the team had hoped as they lost four of their first five games to go 1-4 on the week. The Pacers started this week by hosting the Boston Celtics at home in a matchup of two teams that did not start their 2014/2015 seasons as planned. In the game Boston sent 14 different players to the court against Indiana and five Celtics players scored in double digits in the contest. Six members of the Pacers scored in double figures including 22 points from Roy Hibbert but the Boston attack of Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green were too much for Indiana as the Celtics went on to win the game by the score of 101-98. Indiana’s next contest came at home as the Pacers played host to the Washington Wizards in their next game. In the contest Indiana’s scoring attack was led by 28 points from Soloman Hill who led all scorers. Washington was led by 18 points from John Wall in a total team effort as five Wizards players scored in double figures in the contest to take down the Pacers by the score of 97-90. Indiana looked for much better results in their next contest as the team traveled to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz on the road. In the contest Roy Hibbert led all Pacers with 29 points while Lavoy Allen added a double-double for Indiana in a 97-86 victory over the Jazz. Utah was led by 30 points from Gordon Hayward and 18 points from Enes Kanter in the loss for the Jazz. Indiana finished the week by taking their talents to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat on the road. In the contest the Pacers were led by 17 points from Chris Copeland and a double-double from Roy Hibbert in an 81-75 victory over the Heat. Miami countered with 20 points from Dwayne Wade but the only other Heat player to score in double digits was Shawne Williams in the loss. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-6. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team hosts the Denver Nuggets at home before setting out on the road to play the Chicago Bulls. Indiana will finish their week off back at home hosting the Charlotte Hornets.
11-7-14: The Indiana Pacers started their 2014/2015 season off last week by hosting the Philadelphia 76ers in a
game that the Pacers easily improved their record to 1-0 on the season. With the 2014/2015 season
entering its first full week the Pacers continued their home schedule as they hosted the Memphis
Grizzlies. In Indiana Zach Randolph scored 22 points while Marc Gasol added 20 points while the Pacers
attack was led by 16 Chris Copeland points in a Pacers loss to the Grizzlies by the score of 97-89. Indiana
played their first road game of the season next as they traveled to the highlight factory to take on the
Atlanta Hawks. In the game Jeff Teague and Al Horford led the scoring attack for the Hawks as Atlanta
shot 51% from the field. Indiana was not as sharp in the contest as the team as a whole shot 38% from
the field while being led offensively by Chris Copeland’s 21 points on 7-16 shooting. In the end the
Pacers could not overcome their cold shooting hand as the Hawks went on to win the game by the score
of 102-92. Indiana looked to start a winning streak in their next contest as the team hosted the
Milwaukee Bucks at home. In the game Indiana was cold both from the field and from the free throw
line as the Pacers shot just 40% from the field and 59% from the stripe. Chris Copeland’s 19 points was
not enough for the Pacers as Indiana fell to Milwaukee by the score of 87-81. The Bucks shot just 45%
from the field in the contest but shot 86% from the free throw line to win the contest behind 23 points
from Brandon Knight. Indiana finished their week off by traveling to the great state of Washington to
take on the Washington Wizards. In the contest Donald Sloan led the Pacers attack with 31 points but
the Wizards John Wall matched him with his own 31 point outburst as this game went down to the wire.
Washington had a better supporting cast on the night with three other scorers in double figures while
Indiana only had two other players who scored in double digits. In the end the Pacers fell to the Wizards
in this contest by the score of 96-94. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an
overall record of 1-4. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team travels to Boston to take on the
Boston Celtics before returning home for a pair of games with the Washington Wizards and the Utah
Jazz. The Pacers will finish their week off by traveling back out on the road to take on the Miami Heat in
10-31-14: The Indiana Pacers tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Philadelphia 76ers at home after a mediocre 3-4 preseason. Indiana is a relative unknown this season after losing Paul George and Lance Stephenson. The Pacers captured a division title last year and some around the league wonder if the Pacers will even make the playoffs in the 2014/2015 after the losses of two key players. On the second day of free agency the Pacers did sign CJ Miles to essentially replace Stephenson after the guard rejected at least three contract offers from Indiana. Representatives for Stephenson pleaded with Indiana and Larry Bird to unload players such as Luis Scola and Donald Sloan to make room for Stephenson but ultimately he decided to sign with the Charlotte Hornets to join Michael Jordan’s team. The Pacers new look team hosted the 76ers to start the 2014/2015 season and made quick work of the “tanking” Sixers with a 103-91 victory to start their season. Indiana was led by Roy Hibbert’s 22 points in the contest as the team put to sleep the doubters at least for a night. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team hosts a pair of games with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks and travels for a pair of road games against the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards.
10-29-14: Despite parting ways with Lance Stephenson, and Paul George slated to miss significant time as he recovers from a leg injury suffered in the offseason, the Pacers have seen ticket prices increase on the secondary market. According to TiqIQ, the average secondary market price for Pacers tickets at home this season is $86.25, up 13.6% from last season’s average of $75.87. The Pacers will play their most expensive game of the season against the Cavaliers on February 6. The average price for that game is currently listed at $183.70, 112.9% above season average.
10-24-14: The Indiana Pacers finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season but looked erratic throughout the entire postseason. The team would ultimately fall to the Miami Heat in six games in the Conference Finals, but not before escaping with a narrow seven-game series win over the Hawks in the First Round and taking the Wizards to six games in the second round. The Pacers will also be without superstar Paul George for the majority of the season, who continues to rehab after suffering a compound fracture of both bones in his lower right leg.
10-15-14: The Indiana Pacers have played three of their seven scheduled preseason games, kicking off their preseason schedule on Oct 7 with a 103-90 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves but have since suffered back to back losses to Orlando including a 106-98 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks in their last outing. Next on the Indiana Pacers preseason schedule is a matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Cintas Center tonight with three remaining preseason games against Dallas, Minnesota, and Charlotte before the Pacers open their regular season at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct 29.
10-8-14: The Indiana Pacers kicked off their preseason last night with a win at home over the Minnesota Timberwolves as Indiana gets set to take on the Orlando Magic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 10. The Pacers will then travel to the American Airlines Arena to play the Dallas Mavericks on October 12. Other games on the Pacers preseason schedule include matchups with the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, with their final preseason game against the Hornets on October 23. The Pacers this year will be without Lance Stephenson and Paul George with the former loss to free agency and the latter loss to a serious leg injury, so it’s uncertain where the Pacers will end up in the Eastern Conference.
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.