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Pacers Vs. Nuggets Preview




Injury Report:


David West PF; out, ankle

George Hill PG; out, foot

C.J. Watson PG; out, foot

Rodney Stuckey SG; out, foot


Randy Foye SG; out, knee

The Pacers will face off against a 1-6 Nuggets team. First things first, overlook their record. This Denver team is averaging a little over 100 points per game, and are 7th in the league in rebounding. This is a deep team, their bench is quality all around; with Danilo Gallinari and J.J. Hickson off the bench first, this presents a challenge for the Pacers reserves.

Ty Lawson will be guarded by Donald Sloan tonight, not saying that Sloan hasnt done a great job this year; but Ty Lawsons speed could be an issue. Lawson is having a quality season averaging 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. If the Pacers want to win this game; theyre going to have to slow down Lawson.

Roy Hibbert should help guard the paint, as normal, and will present a road block for Lawson in the lane. Hibbert’s matchup tonight is Timofey Mozgov. He will need to take advantge of the younger center on both ends of the floor. He shouldn’t have an issue scoring the basketball. I expect a solid 20 points- 10 rebound night from Roy.

Solomon Hill wil be challenged  guarding Aaron Afflalo, who came to Denver this offseason via trade from Orlando for Even Fornier. Hill has struggled recently on the offensive side of things; shooting 1-12 from the field last night. On the contrary his defense has been outstanding; Wednesday holding Dwayne Wade to 9 points in the second half.2

The Nuggets are 29th in the league in points allowed at 111. Indiana needs to take advantage of this with their shooters; Chris Copeland, Damo Rudez, etc.

C.J. Miles will be returning to the lineup after having migraine symptoms all this week. Miles has struggled in a Pacers uniform this season; shooting 17% from 3, and 25% from the field. However this s not normal for Miles, and things should pick up soon. Everything evens out in a long 82 NBA season.

I expect the Pacers to win this game. Their defense will play a large role in that, and with Denver allowing 111 points per game this year; the Pacers can get whatever shot they want. However Denver does have a dangerous bench, although they will be without Randy Foye. The Pacers will look to win their 4th game of the season and climb closer to a .500 record.



Solid Game From Hibbert Leads Pacers to Victory

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The Heat Vs. Pacers rival lives on, despite the loss of Lebron James heading back to Cleveland and Paul George breaking his leg; things went as expected. Competitive and defense oriented.

The game was close all the way through. It seemed like Dwayne Wade was going to be an issue for Solomon Hill, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. It wasn’t. Hill did a great job the rest of the game, only allowing him to score 9 points the rest of the game. Statistically Solomon Hill did not go well; he shot 1-12 from the field and scored 9 points, but pulled down 10 rebounds. His defensive performance was key for the Pacers.

The battle of most intrigue was Chris Bosh Vs. Roy Hibbert. As i expected Hibbert dominated Bosh on both sides of the ball. On defense bosh struggled to get anywhere inside the paint, or even shoot over Hibbert. At one point he blocked a long jumper in crunch time. Bosh finished with a season low 9 points. On offense Hibbert got any shot that he wanted. Post hook, layup, jumper. Anything. Roy finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. He helped the Pacers destroy the Heat in the rebounding battle; 53-28, that led to 19 second chance points for Indiana.

The defense on both sides of the ball was solid. The Pacers found themselves tied at 72, late in the 4th quarter. It was a defensive battle from here on out. Donald Sloan, who has been starting for the Pacers all season, due to injuries of George Hill and C.J. Watson; came down the floor, with time ticking on the shot clock, knocks down a 3 with a hand in his face. 75-72 Pacers. Fairly quickly Dwayne Wade hits a 3 to tie the ball game with around 40 seconds to go. Who would the Pacers give the ball to in this situation?

None other than Pacer-fan-favorite Chris Copeland, was handed the ball on an out of bounds play, he then quickly blew past Loul Deng for an open floater. Pacers lead. 77-75. From then on out it was all Pacers defense. The final score 81-75. That all due to a solid team effort, it seems regardless of the competition and situation; the Pacers always play hard. Frank Vogel is really being tested as a coach and is thriving. Hes doing very well with what hes got.

The one thing the Pacers will need to continue improving on is turnovers. Taking care of the basketball. Indiana had 16 last night and are averaging 15.7 a game.

The Pacers will next see the 1-6 Denver Nuggets, and old coach Brian Shaw. It should be a defensive minded game, just like the last. It will be the Pacers 5th home game and 10th game of the season.

Pacers Vs. Heat Preview


Injury Report:


C.J. Miles SF; head, out

C.J. Watson PG; foot, out

George Hill PG; ankle, out

David West PF: knee, out

Rodney Stuckey SG; foot, out


Danny Granger SF; hamstring, day-to-day

Justin Hamilton C; groin, out

A Conference Finals rematch between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat will take place Wednesday Night in South Beach, Florida.

Each team gas changed a lot since last season. LeBron James Miami to go back to his old home in Ohio. Paul George broke his tibia in a USA basketball exhibition game and is out for the entire season most likely.

In the off season Chris Bosh earned himself a large max contract. So far he has lived up to that. Leading the charge for the Heat, hes averaging 23.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Without LeBron on the Heat team, Bosh is heavily relied on for offense.

For the Pacers Roy Hibbert has been the focus of the offense, and often Frank Vogel looks to play through him. So far this year hes looking like the classic all-star caliber Roy Hibbert, and that’s the one they’ll need. So far hes averaging 14.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game. Those are numbers we would love to stay consistent.

The story of intrigue is Danny Granger facing his old team. Last off season Larry Bird looked to sign Danny Granger again, but Lance Stephenson took to long to decide on his contract and and Danny signed with Miami. It will be nice to see Danny again, but business as usual we need to beat Miami.

The Pacers coming off a win vs. Utah, they’ll need to build on this and hold down the fort until the Pacers injured players get back. They’re going to need another solid game form Solomon Hill on both sides of the basketball. He will be challenged guarding Dwayne Wade and likely will struggle to score points on the defensive side.

Chris Copeland has recently been starting for Indiana Due to C.J. Miles recent migraine issues. Copeland will have a very tough match up against defensive savvy Loul Deng.

I expect a competitive game in South Beach. The Pacers should match up decently despite injuries. If Roy Hibbert can dominate Chris Bosh like he has in the past, a victory is very possible. The issue would be scoring points, if the Pacers can reach the triple digit mark, they can win this game.

Pacers Snap 6 Game Losing Streak

The Pacers finally snap a 6 game losing streak. It was the longest since 2011 and each loss was of a deficit less than 10 points.
Roy Hibbert led the charge with 29 points, 5 rebounds and a block. He was the go to go from start to finish, as Vogel looked to keep him the center of the offense, He got off to a quick start scoring 17 of his 25 in the first half and helped the Pacers win their second straight this season.
Indy moved the ball well early on and only turned the ball over 7 times. That’s a big feat considering they’re averaging 17 a game and allow along of points off turnovers. It’s nice to see the Pacers cleaning up their game, because that’s what they need. They’ve been playing hard and working hard, but sometimes that doesn’t cut it; you’ve got to play smart.
Indiana native Gordon Hayward returned to his home state for tonight’s game; and had himself a night with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. He was the pulse of the Jazz on offense tonight, as they struggled to score the ball at certain points and eventually Hayward could not carry all of the load down the stretch and eventually the Pacers took over.
A.J. Price returned to the Pacers last week, via hardship waiver placed by the Pacers. Tonight he made the difference with a near-career-high 22 points in 25 minutes and led the offense while Donald Sloan took rest on the bench.
This is not only a literal victory for the Pacers, but a mental one. Getting past a 6 game winning streak is big. It restores confidence, and team chemistry. At some points on the floor, its very easy to tell that these guys have never played together. With George Hill, Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Miles, C.J. Watson, David West and Paul George all out many players are playing, that would not normally see minutes.
It should give the Pacers fans confidence that we can still win games without all those key players and continue to improve.
Solomon Hill had another nice game with 13 points and will continue to build and improve on his game. Lavoy Allen was stellar tonight with a double-double (12 points, 15 rebounds) and has proved he deserves more minutes off the bench at the power forward and center positions.
The Pacers next game will be an Eastern Conference Finals rematch against a LeBron-less Miami Heat. This should make for an interesting Wednesday night matchup on ESPN.

Pacers Sit at 1-6/ Stone Sports Report

Pacers Sit at 1-6
Stone Miller

1 and 6

The Indiana Pacers sit at the bottom of the Central division, they have a 1-6 record; and are the most injury prone team in basketball. They’ve got injuries to George Hill, David West, Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Watson, and C.J. Miles and for the time being Roy Hibbert. Miles and Hibbert should play tonight against the Utah Jazz; but that’s beside the point.
The Pacers have been in every game so far this season, they very well could’ve won each one. The losses usually come because of a lack of offense down the stretch. When the Pacers get George Hill and David West back they’ll get that extra push they need to win games. For now keep your eyes on Donald Sloan and Solomon Hill, the 2 young players who have showed potential and promise. Each of them having career games so far this year and showing they’ve learned something from the older players on the team; after riding the pine all last year. Otherwise the Pacers have some decisions to make on what to do about the team’s situation.
The Pacers front office sit at a crossroads, with a lot of cap room last season, and only 6 players officially under contract (2 with player options; David West, Roy Hibbert), they’ll have to go in one of 2 directions. The first direction (best), trade away players with expiring contracts and tank for a number one pick, then wait till the offseason to try and get a big name sign like Paul Millsap, Rajon Rondo and Goran Dragic. The other direction is to resign players on the current roster and look to make a run at a low playoff seed and in the offseason try to add minor pieces around Paul George.
The first option would be far better for many reasons; new young players, a possible big offseason sign, another star piece next to Paul George and a new look Pacers team. The negative side of this is our possible high round pick would be a bust, and no one else would sign with Indy. Those 2 events both taking place is highly unlikely, so it seems like a reasonable that the Pacers front office would take a shot at it.
The second option is far less appealing, but is safer. If Roy Hibbert picks up his player option this offseason that removes any worries of signing another Center, and would help keep some of the core team the Pacers already have. The issue with resigning some of these players is age, David West and Luis Scola have 3 to 4 years left, max. They likely are not players we want for the future, we need to rebuild the core with younger players so we do not get caught in the middle of the pack, as many franchises do.
To avoid any high-level risks I believe the Pacers take a look that’s in the middle ground. It would be smart for Roy Hibbert to pick up his 15 million dollar player option, because he might not get paid that much buy anyone else. So we should expect Roy back next season. David West should be traded to a title contender, possibly for draft picks or young players. This will free up cap space and give David West the shot he wants at a championship, it also helps the Pacers to make moves for the future.
Best case scenario the Pacers resign a few players on the current roster, get a big free agent sign to go along with Paul George and get a decent draft pick to develop.
Worst case scenario the Pacers try to make a playoff run, don’t get in and have to depend fully on free agent signs next year.
Either way the Pacers will be in good hands with one of the best front offices in the NBA. Donnie Walsh, Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard. They will do whatever it takes to make this team better and make the trades that need to be made. Do not worry Pacers fans, the fate of Indiana lies in very capable hands.

Offensive Struggle Cost Pacers Game/Stone Sport Report

Offensive Struggle Cost Pacers Game
Stone Miller

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The injuries are an obvious problem for the Pacers; with no David West, George Hill, and C.J. Watson; but it was no excuse for Tuesday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Chris Copeland led the Pacers in scoring again, dropping 19 points; but also shot 6-15. Roy Hibbert yet again had another solid game and is (for now) the only consistently positively playing starter. He finished with a line of 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. The large issue for the Pacers turnovers. They committed 19 turnovers; they Bucks took advantage of this and scored a whopping 28 points off of them.
The Pacers shot the ball very poorly Tuesday, 39% from the field, 25% from 3 and an absoutly awful 59% from the free throw line. The Bucks had a solid night overall, only committing 12 turnovers, compared to their average 21, and didn’t have trouble scoring the ball with 87 points on the night.
Brandon Night had himself quite a night scoring 23 points and dishing out 7 assists. He led the offensive tempo well on the fast break and helped spread the floor with his confident shooting. Larry Sanders lead his team with 10 rebounds, but however was held scoreless by Roy Hibbert.
The few positives from this game are the performances of Roy Hibbert and Solomon Hill. Solo scored a career high 12 points, posted 5 rebounds and 2 steals. He looked confident shooting the 3 and had a sweet spin move for a layup in the 4th quarter. Let’s hope Solomon becomes more confident; because he passed up many open shots and ended up turning the ball over 4 times. If Solomon Hill can improve this season that would really help the Pacers find more scoring options in the starting lineup. With a deeply struggling C.J. Miles and Luis Scola we could use the offensive help.
The Pacers will next face a 3-1 “new-look” Wizards team, and will try to grab a victory before heading out to 2 more games in the next 3 days. The Pacers badly need a confidence boost on the offensive side of the ball, hopefully they get the 3s popping early and often to get out in front of a Bradly Beal-less Wizards team.

Pacers Vs. 76ers Season Opener/Stone Sport Report

Pacers Vs. 76ers Season Opener
Stone Miller

Pacers Vs. 76ers Season Opener

Injury Report:
David West PF; out, ankle
George Hill PG; day-to-day, knee
C.J. Watson PG; out, foot
Rodney Stuckey SG; day-to-day, foot
Micael Carter Williams PG; out, shoulder
Jason Richardson SG; out, foot fracture
Jeremi Grant SF; out, ankle

In the Pacers season opener they will be missed 3 key players. David West, Georg Hill and C.J.Watson; possibly for the first week of the season. They will be facing up against a very young and banged up Philadelphia 76ers team.
Indiana shouldn’t have too much trouble facing this group of youngsters, but I do expect a close game. Roy Hibbert will need to lead the offense and bring his defensive presence if they Pacers want to win their season opener. Hibbert was under much scrutiny last season; after having a bad second half of the season, and a few scoreless playoff games. This off season he worked with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and expects to drastically improve his offensive efficiency and confidence. He also lost 15 pounds to thin himself out a little to be more mobile and agile in the paint.
Donald Sloan will be starting at point guard for the Pacers; with C.J. Watson and George Hill out. He led the Pacers in scoring during and preseason, and will likely get increased minutes off the bench this season at the 2 guard and possibly running the offense.
The Pacers will falter a little more this season without Paul George there to guard every teams star. They should hold their own though. ‘SmashMouth’ basketball will not disappear and will most likely be seen even more this year. Defense will be important against the 76ers, as they have a lot of 3 point shooters and young talent.
As for Philadelphia they will struggle without MCW. He is out with a shoulder injury and is at this point their best player. Tony Wroten will be the player to look out for; he has a plethora of scoring ability and triple-double capabilities.
This should be a fun game to watch with K.J. Daniels and Nerlens Noel making their debuts. The Pacers will face a scoring challenge of sorts; but in the end the veterans will prevail. Luis Scola will be starting and might possibly lead us in scoring. Should be a low scoring game, but a Pacers victory to start the year off.

Pacers Vs. Hornets/Stones Sport Report

Pacers Vs. Hornets
Stone Miller

Pacers vd Hornets

July 16, 2014 Lance Stephenson turned down a 5 year $44 million deal from the Pacers; he later accepted a 3 year $27 million deal form the Charlotte Hornets. Jaws dropped in Indianapolis, from Larry Bird to your average fan, shocked. Many question why he left; was it Chemistry? Shots? Role? Money? What? No one can be sure, here a theory; the new luxury tax goes up in a few years. He signed a lesser deal because he thinks he can get a big max contract when the time comes. We shall see.
Tonight the Pacers will be facing off against Stephenson’s new team; the Charlotte Hornets. It will be each team’s last preseason game and sadly Lance Stephenson will not be playing against his old team due to a groin injury.
This might be the last game you see C.J. Fair, Adonis Thomas, Arinze Onuaku or Chris Singleton in Pacers uniforms. All of them are possible cuts that Frank Vogel will make. My guess is they will keep Fair; he’s young, athletic and has some potential, and could be used on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
The Pacers still have some things to clean up before the season begins; number one on the list is lowering turnovers and increasing ball movement. Likely both of those will not improve greatly tonight, but one would be good. If we take care of the basketball more, that will lead to more offense and more time to settle in and share the basketball.
Donald Sloan has been a pleasant surprise this preseason; he leads the team with 13.8 points per game and has been great running the offense and scoring at 2 guard. That could help the Pacers bench a lot, if he can be an efficient scorer that changes things for the Pacers bench.
Overall I think the Pacers have performed well when the starters have played; our record this preseason is only 2-4 but I think the team has gotten comfortable around each other and have formed a chemistry ready for the regular season.
Tonight the Pacers will look to build the chemistry more as they face the Charlotte Hornets tonight at 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time.