Pacers vs. Hawks: Round 1 preview

Roy Hibbert's mental state bears watching in Indiana's playoff run. Photo by Jeff Clark, Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent In a rematch of last season’s first round, it’s the Pacers and Hawks. Top-seeded Indiana led the Eastern Conference for most of the season, while Atlanta has the only losing record among the 16-team playoff field. Before Saturday’s opener, let’s take a look inside the matchup: Keys to the Series: Pacers- […]

Pacers beat Thunder, eye home-court


Tyler Smith ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — Have you heard enough about the No. 1 seed yet? Rarely has a playoff seed ever been talked about as much as this one has all season long. In a matter of one week, the Pacers seemingly conceded the Eastern Conference’s top seed for rest, got it back after […]

Pacers beat Heat, likely seize tiebreaker


By TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — It has been a struggle of late for both the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. Wednesday’s head-to-head showdown was viewed as a great opportunity for one of these teams to break out of its slump. In another defensive battle, the Pacers protected their home court and came out […]

Wednesday’s Heat vs. Pacers showdown may decide East’s top seed

Pacers-Heat is the anticipated Eastern Conference finals matchup. Photo by Frank McGrath, Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

By TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent This is the time of the season when teams would like to turn it up a notch and be playing their best basketball heading into the postseason. Both the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat are waiting for that turning point. Each team is just 5-7 in their last 12 games. […]

Pacers get much-needed win, 91-79 over Bulls


By TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS —  After a frustrating night in New York on Wednesday, several Pacers players sounded off on the lack of team ball in recent games.  Tonight, the team ball returned as the Pacers put together 27 assists and a solid defensive effort for a 91-79 victory over Chicago at Bankers […]

Pacers win fourth straight, 99-90 over Philly


By TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win. The Pacers held off the 76ers 99-90 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to win their fourth straight. It was win No. 50 on the season. The last time the Pacers won 50-plus games was in 2003-04. After the game, Frank Vogel […]

Bynum shines as Pacers snap losing streak


By TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Bynum’s debut might just have come at the perfect time. The Pacers entered Tuesday’s game on a four-game losing streak and were in need of some kind of spark. Bynum provided just that, muscling his way to eight points and 10 rebounds in 15 minutes of action. Perhaps […]

Pacers fall on last-second shot, 98-96 to Warriors


By TYLER SMITH ISL INDIANAPOLIS — As the battle for the 1-seed in the Eastern Conference “Heats” up, the Pacers are entering a critical stretch of games on their schedule. With eight of their next 11 games on the road, a home win over the Golden State Warriors was needed. Stephen Curry and company had […]

Answering 2 big questions for Pacers’ stretch run


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 […]