January 4, 2014 |
If the NBA playoffs started Sunday, they would include one team five games below .500, two other teams with losing records at home and a fourth team that has gone 0-5 in its division. In what kind of an insane realm does this mishmash of mediocrity qualify as success, and where do the Lakers sign up? It's called the Eastern Conference, with membership confined to mostly poor, huddled masses yearning to wheeze free. Eleven of the 15 teams have losing records. Toronto's 16-15 record is good enough to lead the awful Atlantic Division, where the second-place team will probably be high in the draft lottery.
December 17, 2013
Josh Smith scored 30 points, Greg Monroe had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss of the season Monday night, stunning the Pacers, 101-96. The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ended a six-game skid in the series and ended a nine-game losing streak in Indianapolis. Lance Stephenson had a season-high 23 points, and Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), whose 11-0 start at home was the best in franchise history.
December 15, 2013
The heartbreak kid Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce , on leaving the Boston Celtics: "I'm a person that's always when it's time to move on, you move on. You can ask any girlfriend I've ever had. " No biggie Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert , on beating the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in their first regular-season meeting: "We're not going to run around chest-bumping and stuff like that. It's not like three years ago, when if we got a win like this it was the highlight of our season.
December 7, 2013 |
MIAMI AT INDIANA When: 4 p.m. PST Tuesday. TV: None. The ever-evolving Paul George has helped the Pacers compile the NBA's best record and stands as a possible threat to LeBron James' winning a fifth most-valuable-player award. The Heat has suffered through some early-season three-peat malaise during recent losses to Detroit and Chicago, both without Dwyane Wade. No matter what happens during the teams' four regular-season meetings, this rivalry is almost assured to be continued in the playoffs.
November 30, 2013 |
INDIANA AT CLIPPERS When: 12:30 p.m. Sunday. TV: Prime Ticket. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has said he wants to go for it. Pacers center Roy Hibbert has tweeted a similar desire. An NBA title? Well, of course they would like that, but the big men have also expressed a strong yearning to win the league's defensive-player-of-the-year award. Hibbert ranks second in the league with 3.8 blocked shots per game and Jordan is fifth with 2.3. It probably also helps Hibbert's cause that the Pacers are holding opponents to a league-low 85.6 points a game and have yielded 100 points only once, to the Chicago Bulls.
November 30, 2013
Clippers vs. Indiana When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 12-5; Pacers 15-1. Record vs. Pacers (2012-13): 1-1. Update: The Clippers are second in the NBA in scoring (106.6). But they will face a Pacers team that gives up the fewest points (85.6), assists (15.5) and shooting percentage (38.7%) in the NBA. Indiana also has the league's best record and one of the top players in forward Paul George, who is averaging 23.6 points per game.
October 15, 2013 |
Austin Croshere, a standout forward at Providence College and analyst for Fox Sports Indiana, has been named a studio analyst for Fox Sports' college basketball coverage on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. A first-team All-Big East selection as a senior, Croshere led the Friars in scoring his junior and senior seasons, finishing his college career with over 1,500 points. He set school and conference records with 57 straight made free throws and led Providence to an Elite Eight appearance as a senior, scoring a career-high 39 points against Marquette in the tournament's opening round.
July 27, 2013 |
The Indiana Pacers, who took the two-time reigning NBA champion Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals last spring, are fortifying their front line by trading for versatile and durable big man Luis Scola of the Phoenix Suns. Scola, a 6-foot-9 power forward, would be added to a lineup that includes a budding star in 7-2 center Roy Hibbert and a former All-Star in 6-9 power forward David West. [ Update, 12:35 p.m. : The Pacers are sending 6-8 guard-forward Gerald Green, 6-11 forward Miles Plumlee and a conditional 2014 first-round draft pick to Phoenix for Scola, a sixth-year player from Argentina who has appeared in 82 games in four seasons and all 66 in a lockout-shortened season.]
July 16, 2013 |
Mike Miller was a luxury that the Miami Heat decided they could no longer afford. Miller was designated Tuesday as the team's amnesty player, a move that may save the Heat more than $30 million in luxury tax payments over the next two years and comes only a few days after team President Pat Riley said the two-time defending NBA champions were hoping to keep the core of the roster largely intact for next season. But with the team's tax bill set to be bigger than ever - depending on what the final payroll numbers are, the Heat could pay as much as $2.50 per $1 they are over the salary-cap threshold for this coming season under the league's new and more punitive rules - the team ultimately made the call to part with Miller, a move that he suspected was coming.
June 13, 2013 |
The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach Wednesday, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success. Kidd retired this month after one season with the New York Knicks, his 19th in the NBA. The Nets decided to hire him to replace P.J. Carlesimo despite his lack of coaching experience. "Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York," Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "He has the fire in the belly we need....