HoopsHype Indiana Pacers rumors


April 22, 2014 Updates

The Pacers have spent the hours after losing Game 1 sending mixed messages. On the one hand, they don’t believe there’s anything wrong with them. On the other, they might need to try something different. Such cognitive dissonance is, we can assume, preferable to admitting what has become increasingly apparent: That the East’s No. 1 seed has a real problem guarding the 38-44 Hawks. “We feel really good about this matchup,” Hawks guard Kyle Korver said Monday, speaking after practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. But he also cautioned that matchups can cut both ways. So long as the sleeker Hawks are allowed to run free, Indiana is in trouble. But if the bigger Pacers can slow the pace and render subsequent games a halfcourt grind, the Hawks won’t seem so sleek. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April 21, 2014 Updates

Charles Barkley, ever the diplomat, had some harsh words for the Indiana Pacers after their Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks: "Wussies,'' he called them. Blue collar, gold swagger ... wussies. "Dogs,'' he called them. USA Today Sports

Paul George acknowledged the team was aware of Barkley's observations. "That's Charles being Charles," he said. "I didn't take no offense to it. Chuck ain't been behind this team from the get-go." Um, that's not true. Barkley has been the biggest Pacers fan on national TV, and has been for two years. He picked the Pacers to reach the NBA Finals last year during the Heat series, and has continually sung the team's praises throughout this year. "Larry (Bird) has told us that as well, when he said we were playing soft," George said, referring to a Bird late-night call to a Star reporter that set off a Twitter firestorm. "We need to play bigger and stronger and play more aggressive. It doesn't fire me up. It fires us up that we took a loss against a team we should have beaten and gave up home-court advantage." USA Today Sports

One of those small changes will likely be assigning the team's best wing defender, Paul George, on Hawks point guard Jeff Teague. On Saturday, Teague exploited the one-on-one matchup with George Hill and the other Pacers did little to stop him as Teague scored a game-high 28 points. "Yeah, that's an option," Vogel said about George moving to Teague. "I'm sure we'll see some of that this series — at some point." Indianapolis Star

April 20, 2014 Updates

The Indiana Pacers are on the verge of a complete meltdown. The team survived a disastrous end to the regular season and still managed to claim the East’s No. 1 seed, but the Pacers gave away home court advantage with a shocking Game 1 loss to the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks Saturday. Atlanta cruised to a 14-0 lead to open the game and kept the lead in double-digits until the final minute of play. Kyle Korver blocked Roy Hibbert twice. On TNT Sunday, analyst Charles Barkley unloaded on the Pacers, calling them “flat wussies” for their performance. For The Win

Pero Antic, at his first game in the NBA playoffs, did not step back when David West of the Pacers had something to tell him. The two players got nose-to-nose during Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs between Hawks and Pacers. Sportando

April 18, 2014 Updates

Naturally, Hibbert's play will be crucial for the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed in the postseason, and Hibbert's play is usually linked to his state of mind. So, inquiring minds tried to tip-toe their way to the topic following Thursday's practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. A few softballs were lobbed before Hibbert was gently asked about his confidence level. Ready to roll? “Yeah, ready to roll,” he said. “I said that before ...” Tired of being asked about that? “Tired of you guys asking that, yeah,” he said. “I'm ready to go.” No added pressure because it's the playoffs? “No. I've been doing this for like six years now, so I'm ready to go,” he said, clearly irritated by the line of questioning. NBA.com

“He’s going to be huge for us; he’s got to be huge for us on the offensive end, which I know he (will be),” Paul George said. “Last year he took that step in the postseason and really was dominant. So we all feel like we’re going to get that same Roy this time around.” NBA.com

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David Aldridge: After East games tonight: Indiana clinches top seed in EC, locked into playing the eighth-seeded Hawks in the first round... Twitter @daldridgetnt

Ryan Carr: Currently the director of scouting for the Indiana Pacers, Carr was another name on several lists. Carr has been a key part in the Pacers’ overhaul and with the success they have had this year he is likely going to be mentioned in connection with more than a few open jobs. Carr has been more of a behind the scenes guy in Indiana, but when you look at the gems they have found late in the draft, Carr has been a big part of that. Basketball Insiders

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Three of the top four players are from the team's ABA era. All but the dead-eye shooter at No. 1.

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