They were embarrassed in New York. The Indiana Pacers’ attitude and play during the disheartening and embarrassing loss Tuesday to the mediocre Knicks had to be dealt with before they could get on their flight home. As a team, the Pacers decided to have a long conversation about the future of their season inside the visitors’ locker room in Madison Square Garden. “We had a good sit down,” point guard Jeff Teague said. “I think it did us some good. People got things off their chest that needed to be off their chest and I think it worked out. It was good talk for everybody, something we needed.”
April 29, 2017 | 10:01 pm EDT Update
Howard is not happy. The day after the Hawks were drop-kicked into the off-season by Washington, he used the word “pissed” three times to describe his feelings about the way both his and the team’s the season ended. “It was very difficult,” Howard said Saturday. “I want to play. I want to be out on the floor. I want to make a difference. I want to make an impact and I can’t do that on the bench.”
He denied suggestions that match-ups should have anything to do with his reduced time. He denied season-long suspicions that he struggles in the Hawks’ ball-movement, pick-and-roll offense. Physically, he said he feels “amazing.” Mentally, that’s another story.
Josh Lewenberg: Scola turns 37 tomorrow & told us he’s likely done in the NBA. The roles out there aren’t appealing, doesn’t want to keep moving his family