November 7, 2012 |
The Indiana Pacers need to find a long-term replacement for Danny Granger. Team officials announced Wednesday that the one-time All-Star forward is expected to miss up to three months after receiving an injection in his left knee to treat patellar tendinosis. Losing Granger for an extended period is a big blow for a team that entered this season hoping to contend for an Eastern Conference title. He was the Pacers' top scorer last season (18.7 points) and is typically their first option in late-game situations too. Granger originally hurt the knee during May's playoff run. Coach Frank Vogel said the soreness dissipated for a while, then returned while Granger was working out during the off-season.
June 12, 2000
As if declaring their annoying Hoosierness would be enough to defeat the Lakers, the Pacers trotted out all the weapons of the breed Sunday, from David Letterman imploring "Make Daddy Proud" to Gene Hackman's hackneyed pregame movie speech to the scoreboard boasting "in the other 49 states, it's just basketball, but this is Indiana." So thoroughly disgraced is Bobby Knight that the Head Hoosier of the Heartland was ignored altogether, there apparently being little inspiration in zero tolerance.
May 28, 2000 |
Meanwhile, in the consolation bracket . . . The Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks are competing for the honor of being the underdog in the finals, which is the Eastern Conference's fate in a day when the best teams are in the West, along with the entire All-NBA first team (figure Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd). Of course, it's still entertaining, now that the annual Knick-Heat Mud-Wrestling Tournament is out of the way.
March 19, 2012 |
When: 4 PDT. Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 980, 1220. Records: Clippers 26-18, Pacers 25-18. Record vs. Clippers (2010-11): 1-1. Update: The Clippers have split the two-game season series the last five seasons with the Pacers. Blake Griffin scored a career-high 47 points against the Pacers last season during his rookie campaign. Randy Foye's career high also is against the Pacers, 36 points, in 2009.
April 13, 2013
Double trouble Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert , tweeting about the State Farm commercial depicting Clippers star Chris Paul being separated at birth from his fictional twin brother, Cliff Paul: "Wouldn't Chris Paul's mom realize that 1 of her identical twins is missing? What r the chances his last name is Paul as well? #StateFarmprobs. " Relax, everybody New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony , on breathless media speculation about Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose's return from a knee injury: "I wish y'all would stop rushing Derrick back.