Bogdanovic Has it Both Ways

April 21, 2018

Where do we start with Bojan Bogdanovic? On offense, where he scored 30 points and matched a Pacers’ franchise playoff record with seven 3-pointers? Or on defense, where he literally stuck his nose into LeBron James’ midsection and battled The Best Player in the World to keep him from single-handedly winning the game for Cleveland, again. Let’s go with defense, because Bogdanovic said he was most proud of that part…

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Game Preview: Pacers vs Cavaliers (Game 4)

April 21, 2018

Last Updated: April 20, 11:00 PM Please Note: Doors for Sunday’s game will open at 7:00 PM ET. Matchup 40-0. That was the Cavaliers’ record when taking a lead into the fourth quarter this season. But after a 17-point come-from-behind #PacersWin on Friday night, that number moved to 40-1, and the Pacers’ record in their first-round series with the Cavs opened up to a 2-1 advantage. Had it not been…

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Halftime Rewind: Pacers 40, Cavaliers 57 (Game 3)

April 21, 2018

Matchup Despite a raucous atmosphere and a sellout crowd, the Pacers struggled in the first half of their home playoff opener, heading into halftime in Game 3 on Friday night trailing the Cleveland Cavaliers, 57-40. Unlike the start of the first two games in the series, which each saw one team sprint out to a double-digit lead, the opening minutes of Game 3 were evenly matched. Darren Collison’s layup with…

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Pacers Point Fingers at Themselves For Game 2 Loss

April 19, 2018

One afternoon following their Game 2 loss at Cleveland, a loss many of their fans were blaming on the whistles of the officials, the Pacers were pointing fingers. At themselves, though. For not starting the game with the focus and energy they took into Game 1, for not staying out of foul trouble, for not shooting better, for not, quite simply, playing well enough to win. So, while their video…

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Game Preview: Pacers vs Cavaliers (Game 3)

April 19, 2018

Matchup After splitting a pair of games in Cleveland, the Pacers head back to Indiana brimming with confidence that they can win their best-of-seven first-round series against the defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers. Yes, the Blue & Gold dropped Game 2 on Wednesday night, but their 100-97 loss offered plenty of more evidence that Indiana has what it takes to hang with the Cavs. After pummeling Cleveland by 18 points…

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Loss Aside, Pacers Have Reasons to Smile

April 19, 2018

Victor Oladipo was smiling. He had just missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game, a 3-pointer that would have completed an incredible comeback after a disastrous first quarter, and he was smiling as he headed toward the bench for a timeout. It wasn’t difficult to read his mind. It wasn’t the smile of someone who doesn’t care, it was the smile of someone who was surprised he had…

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Halftime Rewind: Pacers 46, Cavaliers 58 (Game 2)

April 19, 2018

Halftime Rewind After one half of play at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the Cavaliers lead the Pacers 58-46 in Game 2 of their first-round matchup. On Indiana, it was Myles Turner who had the hot hand in the first half, scoring 13 points for the Pacers. For Cleveland, it was LeBron James who did the most damage, racking up 29 first-half points, 20 of which came in the first…

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Thad Young's Defensive Versatility Gives Pacers Options

April 17, 2018

From the moment Sunday’s game began, what had been speculated about as a potential defensive matchup became a reality, as Indiana’s versatile Thaddeus Young lined up against Cleveland’s Kevin Love. Because Cleveland starts small, playing Love (6′-10″) at center and Jeff Green (6′-9″) at power forward, Indiana was able to use Young’s defensive elasticity as a weapon to slow down the Cavs during the series-opening win. With Young doing his…

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Pacers TV Ratings on FOX Sports Indiana Jump 18 Percent

April 17, 2018

The Indiana Pacers have been the surprise story of the NBA this season, winning 48 games in the regular season before taking Game 1 on the road over the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon. The surprise success story has resonated with fans in central Indiana, as local television viewership for Pacers games on FOX Sports Indiana increased 18 percent this season. PLAYOFF CENTRAL: Playoff News, Tickets,…

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Despite Game 1 Dominance, Pacers Believe They Can Play Better

April 16, 2018

The resounding message from Pacers practice at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday afternoon was one of guarded optimism. The Pacers delivered a decisive first blow in their best-of-seven series series with the Cavaliers with a 98-80 victory in Game 1 on Sunday. The result was all the more stunning when you consider the opposition, led by four-time MVP LeBron James, who had not lost a single first-round playoff game in…

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