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Some terrific under-the-radar sports events this weekend: World Cup draw on Friday, great boxing card on Showtime on Saturday.
We're on high alert in Indy. TV stations have set up where they load the salt trucks. Sadly, it's winter time.
Bus ride vibes
Paul George on Utah’s altitude: "It was so hard to find my wind and my chest was burning. I just didn’t want to make no excuses tonight."
Lance on his T: I got that image where everything I do is n the spotlight so I have to calm it down a little bit & stop giving my money away
Pacers fans, be sure to follow @JJFSIndiana. He’s posting postgame interviews from the locker room after every game.
Pacers turned the ball over just eight times tonight, a season low and their first time in single digits. Also scored 20pts off 14 UTA TOs.
Frank Vogel said it was a grind-it-out type of win — now 17-2. "Not perfect, but happy to get out of here with a W."
Pacers 2-1 on this 5-game road trip with two to go. They have two days off before playing in San Antonio and OKC on back-to-back nights.
Pacers beat the Jazz 95-86 to end a streak of six straight losses in Utah, dating back to 11/29/2005. Six IND players in double figures.
Roy Hibbert - 13 points, nine rebounds - fouls out with 41.3 seconds left. Scola replaces him. Pacers up 93-84.
PG finally hits a 3 to make it a 10-point game and the Pacers will end their 6-game losing streak in Salt Lake City.
Hibbert with a huge block, then George Hill nailed a jumper to beat the shot-clock. Pacers lead by nine, 86 seconds.
After disliking an offensive foul call, Lance Stephenson throws the ball over his shoulder & is T’d up for the 4th time this year. IND 88-80
Derrick Favors picked up his 5th foul. Pacers starters on the floor, and they lead 84-76 with 4:20 to play.
George coming alive in 4th quarter, energized by his defense, including nice dig that led to the highest-percentage shot.
Paul George with a slam in transition, then a 3-pointer, the first of the night for IND, from Watson. Pacers in front 75-69.
Pacers had a five-point lead, but missed their final four shots in the 3rd. Pacers have a 68-67 edge. PG with 10pts on 3-of-13 shooting.
As good as he was in Portland, Paul George is bad tonight. Playing lazy offense.
Hibbert’s gassed. Had hands on his knees during the previous offensive possession. Can’t blame him. The Big Dog has 9pts in the 3rd.
Pacers have misfired on all 10 3-pt FGs in the game. Gotta keep going inside, and with what’s working. Jazz up 63-61.
Strange to see so many empty seats in Utah. Used to be consistently strong support. Of course, team also used to be consistently good.
Half: Jazz 48, Pacers 47. Stephenson with 10 of his 13 in the 2nd. Pacers have kept their TOs down (4), but they’re 0-for-7 from outside.
Pacers closing the gap, in the midst of a 10-2 run. 46-43 UTA
Pacers got to within three, but the Jazz have used a 7-0 spurt to take their largest lead, 42-31. 4:49 2Q.
Luis Scola has the hot hand. He’s 5-for-8, with 10 points — his fifth game this season in double figures. Pacers down by five, 8:10 2Q.
Pacers shot 33% in the first and trail the Jazz, 23-17. Paul George has six points. Jazz PG Trey Burke with 8pts, 3asts.
Ex-Pacer Brandon Rush in for the first time. Paul George will check him.
Midway through the 1st, we finally get the George/Hayward matchup. Pacers trail 17-11.
Hibbert scored the first bucket of the game, but the Jazz have since scored 10 straight. Vogel calls timeout.
Look for the Pacers to attack and control the inside game. Marvin Williams is out, and the Jazz give up 47ppg in the paint.
ESPN officials say the pit in front of the GameDay stage will open to fans at 7 a.m. on Saturday at Pan-Am Plaza. Show starts at 9 a.m.
. . .speculation is unseemly and you likely will end up looking bad. I could care less how it impacts his Heisman chances.
Media friends: Too much to ask not to speculate on Twitter if Winston will be charged? If you know for sure, fine. If not. . .
Pacers’ Christmas Day short-sleeve jersey is now available at the gift shop for $110. 3, 24, 55 http://t.co/VR2YSfA8OX
We'll have more on Corso later in the week, including some GameDay stuff and his thoughts on the Big Ten. Little appetizer today.
"The biggest thing going for (Kevin Wilson) is they clobbered Purdue," Corso said. "That means a lot psychologically to the whole program."
That feeling you get when you find something you had given up as lost...
Pagano: Toler, Conner, Gordy will ease back into drills/practice today.
Pagano: OT Xavier Nixon promoted in wake if Linkenbach's injury.
Pagano: Mario Harvey had meniscus tear so placed on IR.
Indiana Ice forward Dywer Tschantz commits to play college hockey at Cornell, per team release.
Corso told me has confidence Wilson is right guy for program. Said it's harder to turn around a defense because "you can't fool anybody."
Had a nice talk with Lee Corso this morning. Said he called IU coach Kevin Wilson to congratulate him on winning Old Oaken Bucket Game.
Just saw an ESPN promo for GameDay coming to Indy this weekend. We'll have coverage of it. More to come.
Just finished watching fruitvale station very powerful but sad movie feel bad for that family. Puts a lot in perspective
Also of note: the Heat’s 10-game win streak came to an end tonight. They lost at home to the Pistons, 107-97.
On the same day Jason Kidd separated w/ his right-hand man, Lawrence Frank, Brian Shaw’s Nuggets went into BKN and won by 24. Good for BShaw
PG: "While this is an individual honor, I share it with my teammates, the coaches and our franchise because we are all in this together.”
Paul George named Eastern Conference Player of the Month, just the third Pacer in franchise history to earn that honor.
Confession time: I thought the original "Anchorman" was OK, but hardly a classic. I've tired of the sequel already. Enough.
Pacers are in the NBA elite conversation. ESPN’s Around the Horn asking how big was the Blazers’ win over the Pacers.
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