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Spurs End Pacers Streak


The Pacers just fell short of spoiling Indiana native Greg Popovich of his 1,000th NBA win. The game was close most of the way through, then in the third, the Pacers went for a 34 point quarter and held a significant lead till later in the 4th. Even though the Pacers played very well, they were missing something. It was their superstar, Paul George.

Down the stretch the Pacers had a difficult time scoring in crunch time, and standing up defensively to San Antonio. In the end Kawhi Leonard made a game winning play, driving right past David West, dishing it to sharpshooter Bellinelli. Who stepped past a quick to challenge Rodney Stuckey, then drilled the jumper to give them the lead.

George Hill (the Pacers recent savior) got the last shot, and just missed on an open three.

The Pacers had a nice little 3 game streak and showed that they can compete still, with the help of hometown hero George Hill. But with the absence of Paul George, they really wont be able to keep consistent and reach for a decent playoff seed.

I see the Pacers making a run at the playoffs, with the possibility of reaching the 8th seed. But is it best for them? No.

Sure they’ve shown a spark we haven’t seen since the win over Miami on the road many weeks ago, but the problem is consistent play and health. The Pacers haven’t gone a game without someone being sidelined with injury. Right now its Pacers center Ian Mahinmi. Who has been dearly missed off the bench and it shows. For instance tonight Shayne Whittington had trouble guarding Boris Diaw and Aaron Baynes, who Ian easily could’ve handled tonight.

As a fan of course I want the Pacers to win; but the Pacers also need to think about the future, and surrounding Paul George with better players. This would entail aquiring a better draft pick, and considering the Pacers don’t exactly posses a lot of high value assets to trade; they need to lose.

As much as Larry Bird wants the Pacers to win, he also wants first round draft picks. He understands and knows they need to get younger, and he will do exactly that in these coming weeks.

The Pacers will be facing off against the New Orleans Pelicans this Wednesday at the Smoothie King Center. Its always nice to see how the Hibbert Vs. Davis block party pans out. Should be a solid game, from two teams in similar situations.

George Hill the Key for Pacers

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Indiana Pacers

Last night the Pacers pulled off a very impressive win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although it was a fantastic team effort on both ends, George Hill was the reason they won. Late in the game with the Pacers down 92-94, Hill came off a Hibbert screen, was held by Kyrie Irving on one hand, the other he threw up a wild 3 to give Indiana the lead. Later on he had a steal in crunch time and made 2 free throws to ice the game.

Hill finished with 20 points and 7 assists. Some help the Pacers could use every night. Hill brings something the other Pacers point guards just don’t have; defense and length. Even though he’s not technically a true point guard and isn’t a traditional assist-man; he still moves the ball enough to keep the offense flowing and 3’s going.

Larry Bird has the expectations that this team will make the playoffs. Even though the Pacers sit at 19-32, with players returning from injury and the team jelling together; a possible run makes sense. If the Pacers don’t make the playoffs, they’ll get a solid lottery pick, which would be more ideal; but nonetheless Kevin Pritchard and Larry Bird want to win.

Although something tells me the Pacers will need some more help if they really want to make a push. They’ll need some sort of trade or a possible late return of Paul George to push them through to the other side.

Tonight the Pacers will face off against a Charlotte team that has finally hit its stride after a rough start. They’ll yet again need another strong game from George Hill to start a streak. This will be a true test on the road, to gauge if this Pacers team really has what it takes to make a playoff run.

Colts Play Best Game of Season

Denver Broncos versus the Indianapolis Colts

Its official. The baton has been passed. Manning to Luck. A new era has begun, and at the center of it is Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Yesterday was an expected battle, which would most likely be a back and forth offensive battle, with practically the entirety of analysts in the known universe betting on the Broncos. Strangely, those those expectations failed, and Andrew Luck and the Colts shocked the world.

Being an avid Colts fan, I expected many turnovers and mistakes to take place, but I expected Lucks talent to overrule all else. This expectation was also partially incorrect.

The game seemed to be one of fight, with the game tied 7-7. Then the turning point of the game. Colts rush linebacker and rookie Jonathan Newsome beat left tackle Ryan Clady; to strip sack former Colt Peyton Manning. Why was this the turning point? It changed the momentum, and the Colts never turned back. On the ensuing drive, the Colts scored on a pass to a Dwayne Allen that was practically being hugged by frustrated corner Aqib Talib.

Denver caught the Colts on the wrong night. Every part of the Colts defense was clicking. They held Denver to 288 total yards of offense, deflected 7 passes, gave Peyton Manning 27.9 QBR, and held Colts-killer Julius Thomas to a lowly 53 yards. Oh and Denver scored 1 touchdown, the ENTIRE game.

Hakeem Nicks made his mark on the game with yet another great late game catch, this one for a touchdown on a bullet pass from Andrew Luck.

Maybe the most impacting performance of all Sunday, was the Colts offensive line. Which was quite unexpected, considering the injuries to Gosder Cherilus and Jonathan Harrison and extreme inconsistency of Hugh Thornton; the o-line playing well doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The biggest suprise was Colts left tackle Joe Reitz. Earlier this year he had a few bad games, in his worst against Jacksonville he allowed 4 sacks in the first quarter. Since then hes been a pretty decent help, and yesterday he played very well. Shockingly they allowed NO SACKS yesterday.

Peyton Manning went 26/46 on passes Sunday, and seemed to struggle hitting wide open wide receivers down field. In fact it seemed painful to watch Manning try to loft a ball downfield. The torn quad, and his age a showing, and it does not look good. After the game when asked about retirement he stated “I just cant give that simple answer, I cant say right now”. When Peyton is unsure about something, its likely that he may be done, and I cant blame him.

The Colts will play the New England Patriots next Sunday in Foxborough for the AFC Championship. Andrew Luck has never beaten the Pats. In fact, he hasn’t come within 3 touchdowns in any matchup. I expect things to be a lot closer, and far more interesting.



Time for Pacers to Prepare for 2016


The Indiana Pacers have been in struggles all season long, in terms of injuries, chemistry, and rotations. They just don’t seem to catch fire for long. They’ve got an old team, full of veterans and a few young players here and there. Without Paul George you can see a large void that no one could possible come close to filling.

What happens is the Pacers will play very well in a game. They’ll have a solid lead, but cant seem to carry it into the 4th quarter. The gap here is star power, with no Paul George they don’t have a go-to-guy who will plunge the dagger in the other teams heart. They don’t have a guy who will go off and change the game from an individual standpoint, and it shows.

The recent games agaisnt the Lakers and Warriors; both Kobe Bryant, and Steph Curry had great games against them, and in both games they had solid 10 point leads until about the 4th quarter. With no go-to-guy the Pacers are a mess, on offense and defense. They’ve got no one to slow down the star players and they cant find a rythmn on offense because no one will step up and be ‘the guy’ on the 4th. Without Paul George the Pacers cant keep a consistent winning record, they might go .500, but they will not rise far above.

In light of all the recent trades, and blockbuster deals, Larry Bird should and probably is looking for a way to trade veterans like David West and Luis Scola to teams who need veteran bench players. The Cavs would be a candidate, and possibly the Suns; who are playing well but just need extra boosts off the bench.

What Indianapolis really needs to do, is build a team for next season. Trade the veterans, so that the teams record falls, and then find a guy in the draft who can go with Paul George. The Pacers need a lottery pick this year. Paul George needs his wingman, he needs his Scottie Pippen (not that he’s MJ, but you get my point).

The Pacers should look a lot different next season. They’ll have a lot of money to spend and will likely add some new young players to the roster. 2015 has been an ugly nightmare from which the Pacers fans cant wake up from. Its time to move on, 2016 is bright.

George Hill Will be Answer for Pacers

PAcers vs Wolves

The Pacers have been easily, the most injured team in the NBA this season. Amoung all those injuries was George Hill. He was injured during the pre-season with a quad strain, which turned out to be a tear. Now he has returned, and been a huge help the Pacers ailing, and lethargic offense.

In his return he has averaged 14.2 points, and 4.0 rebounds per game. Now those aren’t all-star numbers, but the are serviceable for a slow offensive team like the Pacers.

Many do not realize, Hill actually played shooting guard in college, when he attended IUPUI. When he arrived in the NBA he was moved to point guard by Gregg Popovich, due to his size and ball handling skills. Since then he has been criticized, by many Indy fans for his lack of the ability to distribute the basketball (assist).

You must realize George Hill was brought in for scoring purposes, and to stretch the floor with his shooting. He has done exactly that, and has often times, been the true home town hero scoring the ball.

Hill has and will give the Pacers a big boost on offense. Which is exactly what they needed. Recently he had his best game of the season scoring 20 against Miami at home on New Years eve. He also has provided a couple much needed highlight dunks to add into this seasons highlight reel.

George Hill miss tonight’s game at Milwaukee, due to soreness in his left groin. He should return soon, and is listed as day-to-day.