Loss underlines Pacers’ issues against Miami


By CHRIS GOFF ISL Co-Editor Before anything else, let’s get this out of the way: The Indiana Pacers will probably get the top seed. Having won back-to-back titles, the Miami Heat are a little less urgent, and Dwyane Wade is going to sit a lot of nights for rest. Paul George has proven he can […]

First Thoughts: Heat 97, Pacers 94


By CHRIS GOFF ISL Co-Editor First thoughts after the Indiana Pacers blew a big lead and faded late in a 97-94 loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena: IN A NUTSHELL: Paul George had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists, stepping up in the second half as Miami fought back […]

Pacers ‘not ready,’ lament D in loss to Pistons


By CHRIS GOFF ISL Co-Editor INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers had a lot working in their favor. They were home, had two days of rest, had more talent and were trying to avoid a letdown ahead of Wednesday’s showdown in Miami. While Paul George dismissed the idea of a trap game afterward, saying the Pacers […]

Pacers drop first home game, 101-96 to Detroit

Indiana's Lance Stephenson, shown here against Chicago, had a career-high 23 points against Detroit. Photo by Frank McGrath. Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Co-Editor/SportsXChange INDIANAPOLIS – Josh Smith is starting to look comfortable with the Detroit Pistons, who in turn are suddenly competing with the best teams in the NBA. Smith, a forward who signed a huge contract in the offseason to leave Atlanta, scored 30 points and point guard Brandon Jennings had 18 […]

Pacers Pregame: Granger’s return means four-man bench

Pacers coach Frank Vogel.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Co-Editor INDIANAPOLIS – With Danny Granger targeting a return on Friday, Pacers coach Frank Vogel revealed his plans for Granger’s reintegration. He has played in only five games since the 2011-12 season, so it should come as no surprise that Granger will begin his road back off the bench. Vogel said […]

Kellen Dunham learning lessons of a bona-fide star

Kellen Dunham recognizes what comes with his role. Photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor INDIANAPOLIS – “To be a great shooter, you have to have a short memory.” That’s a popular refrain you’ll hear from long-range gunners. If you aren’t knocking down jumpers, you can’t stop firing, because if the other team doesn’t respect your threat to space the floor, it’s a lot […]

First Thoughts: Butler 76, Purdue 70

Crossroads Classic

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor INDIANAPOLIS — Let’s take a quick look at how the Butler Bulldogs held on to beat the Purdue Boilermakers 76-70 on Saturday in the nightcap of the Crossroads Classic. WHY IT HAPPENED: Kellen Dunham tormented Purdue for 25 points while partner-in-crime Khyle Marshall finished with 18 points and nine […]

First Thoughts: Notre Dame 79, Indiana 72


By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor INDIANAPOLIS — Let’s take a quick look at how the Indiana Hoosiers dropped a 79-72 decision to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon in the first game of the Crossroads Classic. WHY IT HAPPENED: Jerian Grant had 23 points and nine assists and Garrick Sherman beat Indiana […]

Hoosiers seek quality win in Crossroads Classic

Yogi Ferrell played in the Crossroads Classic last season.

By COLLIN O’CONNOR ISL Correspondent Coming into the third season of this popular Crossroads Classic event taking place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the Hoosiers are looking for what will be their most impressive win to this point over a Notre Dame team that, despite recent struggles, is expected to be a top-tier team […]

Cody Zeller shows growing comfort in return to Indiana

Cody Zeller rises for a jumper in Friday's loss in Indiana. (Photo by Jessica Hoffman/Pacers Sports and Entertainment.)

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor INDIANAPOLIS – Back in snowy Central Indiana, the only soil he’d ever known until four months ago, and suiting up in the arena where he won three state titles in high school, Cody Zeller’s mind wandered back to schoolwork. Here it was mid-December, and his former Indiana University teammates […]