Weber: Pacers bench rights ship with dominant stretch

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By ROSS WEBER ISL Correspondent You could feel it coming. Something huge was bound to happen. With under 3:30 to go in the third quarter, David West and George Hill scored back-to-back layups, giving the Pacers a 72-65 lead over the Hawks in this must-win Game 2 for Indiana. Then after a steal, Paul George’s […]

Pacers win big, even series with Hawks

Indiana's Paul George guards Atlanta's Jeff Teague during Game 2. Photo by Frank McGrath. Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

By TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — Tuesday night’s Game 2 was a must-win for the Indiana Pacers, and they delivered a huge third quarter to eventually win 101-85 and tie the series at one game apiece. Things didn’t start out so well for Indiana, as the Pacers trailed 38-27 in the second quarter. It […]

Game 2 Preview: Pacers face must-win situation

Indiana's Evan Turner shoots over Atlanta's Kyle Korver in Game 1. Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent The time between Game 1 and Game 2 of the first-round playoff series will probably feel like a month for the Pacers and their fans. They may have an extra day to make some much-needed adjustments, but I would imagine the players would want to get back on the floor as […]

Chapman: Bulls, Heat to meet in East finals; Pacers to fall short

Indiana's Lance Stephenson throws it down early this season against Chicago. Photo by Frank McGrath. Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

By JOSHUA CHAPMAN ISL Correspondent Note: Chapman wrote this before Saturday’s games began. Ah, the playoffs are here once again! It is time to crown a champion from the pool of 16. While the West is a gauntlet of great teams, the East (or as some call it, the “Leastern Conference”), presumably has 2 teams […]

Hawks steal Game 1 from Pacers, 101-93

Pero Antic and Atlanta showed no fear against the brash, physical Pacers. Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — Much discussion has been made all season long about the Pacers gaining home-court advantage in the playoffs. All it took was one game to lose that advantage in the opening series against the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta used a huge third quarter to pull away from Indiana and steal Game […]

Weber: Pacers and other NBA Playoffs predictions

Gold Swagger 2013. Photo by Cliff Brunt.

By ROSS WEBER ISL Correspondent We all know how much the Indiana Pacers have struggled recently, but if there is any other team that has struggled about just as much heading into the NBA Playoffs, it’s the Atlanta Hawks. Certainly, Indiana’s struggles have been more public across the country, but the 12-13 record since March […]

Weber: Who can the Pacers trust heading into the playoffs?

Pacers coach Frank Vogel is looking for answers heading into the playoffs.

By ROSS WEBER ISL Correspondent Who can the Pacers trust? Who would have thought the season would turn out this way? Many different outcomes were possible: a regression to the mean, major injuries to cause the team to struggle, or the worst case scenario _ what’s happened to the Knicks this year. But this, from […]

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

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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

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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 […]