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Wussies? Pacers not paying attention to Barkley

Charles Barkley believes the Pacers are “wussies,” his sanitized word for a soft team. The Pacers claim not to either know or care what he thinks. Barkley made his comment on TNT's nationally televised studio show Sunday afternoon in reference to the Pacers' 101-93 loss to Atlanta the previous day in the opening game of their first-round playoff series. The top-seeded Pacers, who had struggled through the e ...

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Hibbert smiles through scoreless game

Statistically, a week hadn't made all that much difference for Roy Hibbert. He had finished with no points and no rebounds in nine minutes against Atlanta a week earlier, and had no points and six rebounds in 27 minutes against Oklahoma City on Sunday. Emotionally, the gulf couldn't have been wider. Hibbert was upbeat throughout the Pacers' 102-97 win over Oklahoma City at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and appro ...

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Pacers Will Need More from Hibbert, Hill to Win Title

Just two regular season games left, and where are the Pacers? As confusing as they've ever been. Perhaps as confused, too. Friday's 98-86 loss to Miami was worse than that score indicates, and not just because they trailed by as many as 23 points in the third quarter. They weren't nearly competitive enough for most of the second half. They squandered the night off Frank Vogel had given the starters on Wedne ...

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Pacers winning despite turnovers

Imagine if the Pacers could control their turnovers. Why, they'd probably be a first-place team or something. Oh, wait. They still have the Eastern Conference's best record (48-17), thanks in part to Miami's slide. It's lost five-of-six since LeBron James scored 61 points. That must be retribution for something, although I couldn't guess what. Playing too well, maybe? Still, the Pacers remain in the awkward ...

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David West’s day at the office

David West arrived at his house shortly before 4 a.m. on Sunday after the Pacers' flight home from Boston. He got to sleep about 5 a.m. He got up about 11 a.m. He had to be at Bankers Life Fieldhouse by 3:30 p.m. Game time against Utah was shortly after 6 p.m. “I thought that was against the rules,” he said of the concept of playing two games in less than 24 hours. Apparently not, but it was against the law ...

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Pacers Continue to Increase Depth of Bench

  Imagine that it's 2012, just a couple of seasons ago. Andrew Bynum is a starter in the All-Star game. He's had a triple-double against Denver, a 30-rebound game against San Antonio and a game of 21 points and 22 rebounds against Houston. At the end of the season he's named second-team all-NBA. Luis Scola is a starting forward in Houston, averaging 15.5 points. He's two seasons removed from a 44-point ...

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Johnson made an impact

Orlando Johnson's name was nearly lost in Thursday's news of the Pacers' trade, which sent Danny Granger to Philadelphia for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. That's what happens when you average just 2.4 points per game and fall out of the playing rotation. Too bad. A year ago at this time, Johnson seemed to have a future in the NBA as a solid role player off the bench. He still might, but he's going to have to ...

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George Looks to Get Back on Track

Paul George went, as he put it, "cold tubbin'" after the Pacers' loss to Dallas on Wednesday. His body was sore and weary, and his mind didn't seem far behind. George, who normally is at his locker and available to the media as soon as the locker room opens after games, didn't arrive until 10:25, about an hour after the Pacers scored a season-low 73 points in an eight-point loss to the Mavericks. I was the ...

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Pacers turn 40, and looking fit

The Pacers have won 40 games. Today is Feb. 10. There's still one more game to be played before the All-Star break. Veteran fans should stop and reflect on that for a minute. Because veteran fans remember days when 40 wins made for a successful season. The Pacers failed to reach that round-number landmark in 11 of their first 13 NBA seasons, and had another five-year run of sub-40s from 2007-11. Wanna know ...

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