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.
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....
June 3, 2013 |
1. It's championship or bust for LeBron James. The same player who sat on a stage and proclaimed, “Not one, not two, not three ... ” when talking about the titles he would win with the Heat will not accept falling one step short of reaching the Finals. It doesn't calculate with the game's best player. So if James needs to score 45 points, grab 12 rebounds and distribute eight assists while playing the entire game and conducting the timeout huddles, he will. 2. The Birdman cometh back.
June 2, 2013 |
Pacers center Roy Hibbert, a budding superstar who helped his team force a deciding Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat with a 91-76 victory Saturday night in Indianapolis, has issued an apology for using a gay slur during his postgame news conference. Hibbert, a defensive force at 7-foot-2 who is becoming a presence on offense, followed a question from a reporter about LeBron James by responding, "no homo. " He later dropped an f-bomb when asked why he thought he finished so low in the media voting for the NBA's defensive player of the year.
June 1, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - And now it's a one-game series. The Miami Heat will have to play once more in its bid to punch its ticket to a third consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals. Facing elimination, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Heat, 91-77, Saturday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The series shifts back to Miami for a deciding Game 7 Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena. For the Heat, it marks the second consecutive year of going the distance in the conference finals.
May 31, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - With their season hanging in the balance, the Pacers say they understand changes have to be made if they're to win two straight and advance to the NBA Finals. They can't let LeBron James put together another performance like the one he had Thursday, when the league most valuable player scored 16 of his game-high 30 points in the third quarter. They can't allow physical play to get under their skin, and without fail, they say they can't play as passively as they think they did Thursday.
May 30, 2013 |
MIAMI -- This was not the script, couldn't have been the script. Not with Dwyane Wade failing to score his second basket until midway through the fourth quarter, not with LeBron James converting his first free throw late in the fourth. But with James taking control of the script in the third quarter, the latest chapter of the Heat's Big Three experience is down to this: Miami now is one victory from its third consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals. Moving to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with Thursday's 90-79 victory over the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Heat can close out the series Saturday at Indianapolis.