Answering 2 big questions for Pacers’ stretch run

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By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor/The Sports Xchange As the NBA breaks for its All-Star game, about 30 games remain for each team. Before the final leg of the schedule, let’s look at the blue and gold’s top issues. What will Indiana do as far as the Feb. 20 trade deadline? The East-leading Pacers already picked […]

Pacers bounce back from Sunday collapse by punishing Denver

Lance Stephenson said lost focus "came back to haunt us" in a bad defeat at Orlando. (Photo by Chris Goff.)

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor/ The Sports Xchange INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers knew they let their guard down and suffered an unnecessary loss to an outmatched opponent on Sunday. Given an immediate chance at redemption, forward David West and his teammates did not disappoint, riding a wave of anger and motivation to a bulge […]

First Thoughts: Magic 93, Pacers 92

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By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor First thoughts after the Indiana Pacers collapsed and lost 93-92 to the Orlando Magic on Sunday night at the Amway Center: IN A NUTSHELL: Victor Oladipo scored 23 points and made five shots while playing the entire fourth quarter as the Magic, who have the third-worst record in the NBA at […]

George Hill lives up to ‘Hometown Hero’ moniker

George Hill played his best game as a Pacer Friday. (Photo by Frank McGrath, Pacers Sports and Entertainment.)

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor/ The Sports Xchange INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers’ public address announcer introduces George Hill as the “hometown hero.” On Friday night, Hill did everything but sell concessions, saving the game with a tying 3-pointer late in regulation and then giving the Pacers the lead for good in overtime. Indiana’s underappreciated […]

First Thoughts: Pacers 89, Hawks 85

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By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor First thoughts after the Indiana Pacers held on for an 89-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at Philips Arena: IN A NUTSHELL: David West had 22 points and 10 rebounds while Paul George scored 18 with seven boards as Indiana (38-10) won its third in a row. Lance […]

Pacers’ bench dominates in rout of Orlando

Danny Granger scored a season-high 16 points. (Photo by Chris Goff.)

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor/ The Sports Xchange INDIANAPOLIS – Littered with former starters and strategically signed role players, the Indiana Pacers’ bench is supposed to be one of the best in basketball. That second unit was no match for the shaky bench of the Orlando Magic, and it made all the difference Monday night. […]

First Thoughts: Pacers 104, Lakers 92

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By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor First thoughts after the Indiana Pacers cruised to a 104-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at the Staples Center: IN A NUTSHELL: Lance Stephenson remains in an All-Star groove, registering his 10th double-double with 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to pace the league-leading Pacers. David […]

First Thoughts: Nuggets 109, Pacers 96

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By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor First thoughts after the Indiana Pacers lost 109-96 to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night at the Pepsi Center: IN A NUTSHELL: Brian Shaw defeated Frank Vogel in a matchup of former colleagues. Coming off one of their most disappointing performances of the season in needing overtime to beat lowly Sacramento, the Pacers were outclassed by the Nuggets. Wilson Chandler scored […]

First Thoughts: Pacers 116, Kings 111

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By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor First thoughts after the Indiana Pacers escaped with a 116-111 overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night at Sleep Train Arena: IN A NUTSHELL: Paul George (36 points, five rebounds, four steals) and Lance Stephenson (24 points, 10 rebounds, six assists) led the Pacers, who came on strong in the second half to […]

First Thoughts: Suns 124, Pacers 100

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By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor First thoughts after the Indiana Pacers were blown out by the Phoenix Suns 124-100 on Wednesday night at the US Airways Center: IN A NUTSHELL: Gerald Green posted 23 points and six rebounds, while Miles Plumlee added 11 points and seven rebounds as they extracted some revenge for the Pacers trading them away over the summer. Goran Dragic added 21 points as the Suns put six […]