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Scouting Report: Indiana Pacers defense vs San Antonio Spurs

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 Scouting: Indiana Pacers Defense Opponent: San Antonio Spurs (3/31/14)  Matchups: Hill – Parker Stephenson – Green George – Leonard West – Duncan * Hibbert – Splitter   *Pacers began w/ cross-match, then switched Hibbert onto Duncan midway thru 1st                     Strategy- vs PnR: go over screens w/ PF-C containing until G can recover vs off-ball...
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Breakdown: Pacers 2nd half defense vs Heat

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Indiana Pacers beat Miami Heat, 90-84 Pacers 2nd half defense picked up…..   3 themes to 2nd half Pacers D: 1. Cut off drives and STILL contested shooters 2. Made Lebron perimeter, settled for jumpers A LOT 3. Despite rotating D, didn’t give up offensive boards 3rd qtr: 11:30 – 1st poss of half,...
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The turning point of Heat-Pacers game

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  Even the most casual sports fan could see what happened in Tuesday night’s rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals. The defending-champion Miami Heat smashed the Indiana Pacers in the mouth early, with their patented pressure defense. In the second half, Indiana settled down and got the ball inside. Ball game. But wait, it...
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Breakdown: Paul George’s playmaking in the halfcourt

  One of my favorite teams to watch the past few years has been the ‘Smashmouth’ Indiana Pacers. Their style of play (actually looking inside to the post once in a while) is refreshing to an old school basketball junkie like myself. An added pleasure last season was watching swingman Paul George emerge as...
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Pacers acquire Scola, but will their defense suffer?

  On the surface, today’s trade between Indiana and Phoenix looks like the classic win-win. The contending Pacers get the beefy and experienced Luis Scola while the rebuilding Suns add a 1st rd pick, an athletic wing in Gerald Green, and 2nd-year PF Miles Plumlee. However, Frank Vogel’s job just got a bit tougher.   The Pacers will...
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‘Psycho T’ to Toronto

  When the Indiana Pacers backed up the ‘Brinks’ truck for free agent PF David West last week, they had to rescind their qualifying offer to free agent PF Tyler Hansbrough. This made him an UNrestricted free agent. Today, Indiana lost their former draft pick to Toronto.   The Raptors have agreed to terms with Tyler...
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Spurs steal Pacers’ Pendergraph

  The San Antonio Spurs made a quiet move today, but one that will pay dividends in the playoffs (should they make it).   The team has come to terms with PF Jeff Pendergraph on a two-year deal (according to Yahoo Sports). The bruiser, and all-out-energy big’, will fit in great under Coach Pop. Indiana was unable...
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Pacers adding Chris Copeland

  Ah, don’t you love it when a player leaves one team for their rival?   Knicks’ restricted free agent Chris Copeland has reportedly been sitting on “three offers” for days. Today, he picked one.   Copeland has accepted an offer sheet from the rival Indiana Pacers, (according to Yahoo Sports). He will make $6 million over...
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Pacers overpay to keep David West

  When the Indiana Pacers gave free agent power forward David West $10 million/year (for two years) back in 2011, I thought it was a bad move. He was a former All-Star coming off serious knee surgery. I predicted lots of jumpers and missed games. I may have been wrong then, but that doesn’t change my...
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Pacers add C.J. Watson

  The Indiana Pacers just keep making all the right moves.   After a deep run which saw them only one win away from the NBA Finals, it was clear that they needed to improve their bench scoring and reserve guard play. They did both today in securing an agreement with free agent C.J....
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Source: Pacers to pursue Earl Clark

  Earl Clark was one of the biggest surprises of last season…well, not if you follow BlogNBAsketball. I always knew that he was more than just a throw-in in that Howard. He played very well for the Lakers, especially when starting alongside Dwight. He may again be starting alongside an All-Star caliber center in 2013-14....
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West staying with Pacers?

  David West may be an unrestricted free agent this offseason but he’s been adamant that he wants to return to the Pacers next season.   After the Indiana’s loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, West reiterated those plans.   “This is my group,” West said. “These are my guys. I can’t see myself going...
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Lance Stephenson the key to Game 7?

  Game 7′s in the NBA playoffs often become the stuff of legend. After tonight’s contest in Miami, years from now children may be singing the following nursery rhyme: When Lance starts to dance, sometimes he loses his pants.   The mercurial Stephenson can as easily shoot/play-make the Indiana Pacers into a big victory...
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Recap: Pacers force Game 7 in Miami

  The first half of Game 6 reminded me a lot of the first half of Game 5. The Indiana Pacers player their game but it didn’t really show in the halftime score. Down one at the break, it was nervous time in Indianapolis.   But the same way the Heat dominated the 3rd quarter...
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Pacers must take page out of Grizz playbook

  In the first half of Game 5, the Indiana Pacers had a field-day in the paint. Despite missing a some lay-ups, they had the lead at halftime after having their way inside against the smaller Heat. In the second half, they could barely get the ball to the post. Miami turned up the defensive pressure and the Pacer offense was finished. ’Coach...
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