Michael Pointer

#IndianaState loses 34-17 at defending NFCS champ North Dakota State today. Sycamores fall to 4-3, 1-2 in MVFC.

Michael Pointer

BTW: Not surprisingly, no sign of David West in #Pacers locker room afterwards.

Mark Montieth

No word on @David West injury, other than sprained ankle. He was gone by the time his teammates reached locker room, to get MRI no doubt.

Michael Pointer

More Vogel: "“It was a weird game." #Pacers

Michael Pointer

More Vogel on West: "No idea (on how long out). We just know it's a sprained ankle. X-rays were negative." #pacers

Michael Pointer

Vogel did agree that was a weird game -- even by preseason standards. Just kind of bizarre.

Michael Pointer

Vogel says West will be re-examined further in next day or two. Declined to speculate on how long be out,

Mark Montieth

Seems Copeland muddied the picture at SF tonight. Guessing he'll still come off the bench, with Miles and Stuckey starting, but we'll see.

Michael Pointer

Final: #Pacers 98, Mavericks 93. Terrible first three quarters, but reserves rallied in fourth.

Michael Pointer

Villaneuva misses 3 pointer and Sloan grabs rebound. Will go to line with 6.6 seconds left.

Conrad Brunner

Fun finish for #Pacers scrubs but everything else about this performance was extremely troubling.

Michael Pointer

But again, the big news tonight is West's injured ankle. Hope to hear more after game. #pacers

Michael Pointer

Home team might get out of here with a win after horrible first 3 quarters. All done with reserves except for possibly Copeland. #pacers

Michael Pointer

Sloan scores on a backdoor cut to give Indiana a 95-93 lead and Dallas misses on other end. S. Hill hits one-of-two FTs. #Pacers lead 96-93.

Michael Pointer

We're now tied 91-91, 1:02 left. #pacers

Michael Pointer

Damjan Rudez just hit a 3-pointer and crowd went nuts. Don't think it was just because it gave #Pacers momentary lead either.

Michael Pointer

Copeland's 3-pointer from the right wing gives #Pacers an 86-85 lead with 2:18 left, but James counters for Dallas on next possession.

Michael Pointer

Sloan hits basket and adds free throw to cut the deficit to 85-83. #Pacers trailed by 14 late in third quarter.

Michael Pointer

Coepland drains a 3-pointer from wing. #Pacers trail 82-78 with 5:06 left. . .

Michael Pointer

Donad Sloan's layup cuts Dallas' lead to 82-75 with 5:56 left, closest #Pacers have been since the final two minutes of first half.

Conrad Brunner

If GHill played with Sloan's pace ... oh, forget it. Never happen. #Pacers

Conrad Brunner

If Budinger truly on the market, Bird needs to get very busy on phone with T-Wolves. #Pacers desperate for another 3-man.

Michael Pointer

From the #Pacers: David West has a sprained right ankle and will not return.

Michael Pointer

Hibbert just picked up his first field goal on the opening play of the fourth quarter. #pacers

Michael Pointer

End of third quarter: Mavericks 74, #Pacers 61. But the big story is the health of David West.

Michael Pointer

Damjan Rudez just missed another 3-pointer. Another groan from the #Pacers faithful.

Michael Pointer

"You guys aren't calling illegal screens so our guys want to hit them," Vogel to referee Marat Kogut after an offensive foul on Lavoy Allen.

Michael Pointer

Happened with 6:02 left in the third quarter. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle just looked toward end of #pacers bench as if checking on West.

Michael Pointer

West now being helped to the locker room. Not looking good at all. Very bas sign for #Pacers.

Michael Pointer

West trying to put weight on it, but in obvious pain while being helped off. I would bet the ranch we will not see him again tonight.

Conrad Brunner

David West being helped off by pretty much entire #Pacers team after rolling R ankle.

Michael Pointer

David Wright is down after landing awkwardly following an attempted putback. Grabbing right ankle.

Michael Pointer

Ian Mahinmi just missed rim entirely with a free throw. Kind of sums up night. #pacers

Conrad Brunner

Why are fans still at #Pacers game? Are they showing Notre Dame-FSU game on video monolith?

Conrad Brunner

Oh good. As if this game wasn't barfworthy enough, refs are going to drag it out with replay reviews.

Mark Montieth

Pacers were hitting .345 from 3pt line before tonight, even with Rudez going 2-14. But they hit Rudez-like 2-14 in first half vs Mavs.

Conrad Brunner

The only way GHill could look more disinterested would be looking at his cel phone while walking the ball upcourt. #Pacers.

Michael Pointer

#Pacers on a 10-2 run. Miles layup cuts deficit to 48-42 with 1:17 left in first half.

Michael Pointer

Former U.S. gymnast and Olympic all-around champ Carly Patterson at the #Pacers game. Promoting next summer's U.S. nationals at BLF.

Conrad Brunner

Nights like this offer evidence Vegas has been wildly optimistic in its W projections for #Pacers.

Michael Pointer

Two of the officials working tonight's #Pacers-Mavs game look like they should be attending high school homecoming dance. Geez, I'm old.

Conrad Brunner

Good thing the #Pacers have such good chemistry or they'd be sniping at each other while getting drubbed by #Mavs summer league team.

Michael Pointer

Dallas 46, #Pacers 32, 3:27 left in half.

Michael Pointer

Dallas' Richard Jefferson just scored untouched on a putback. Wouldn't say the crowd booed, but heard a "Ohhh" as in disbelief. #pacers

Conrad Brunner

Good to see Hibbert in mid-season form. More like late-season. #pacers

Michael Pointer

Should point out this isn't exactly against Dallas' best either. Mavs are playing without Nowitski and four other likely starters. #pacers

Michael Pointer

Not to alarm anyone, but Roy Hibbert had taken just one shot and committed three turnovers through 11 minutes. #pacers

Michael Pointer

#Pacers had nine turnovers in first quarter compared to none for Dallas. Good thing it's a pre-season game, huh??

Conrad Brunner

Guess Kareem didn't show Roy how to get deep post position against toothpick defenders. #Pacers

Conrad Brunner

#Pacers really wanted Mekel. Starting to see why.

Conrad Brunner

Based on #Mavs' lineup, looks like a Yuki Togashi kind of night against #Pacers.

Michael Pointer

Mavericks starters: Jae Crowder, Ivan Johnson, Greg Smith, Richard Jefferson, Gal Mekel.

Mark Montieth

So whose football program is better now? Indiana's or Purdue's?

Michael Pointer

#Pacers starting five tonight: Copeland, West, Hibbert, Miles, G. Hill.

Michael Pointer

My colleague @Aallison25 is covering #IndyEleven tonight. Follow here for updates. I am covering #Pacers.

Mark Montieth

I'll be joining @PatBoylanPacers for Pacers pregame show. Airing now.

Michael Pointer

No Dirk Nowitzki tonight for Dallas. Really will have the look of an exhibition game.

Michael Pointer

Luis Scola and Shayne Whittington also out tonight for #Pacers. Just getting a rest.

Michael Pointer

Huge win for #Uindy, which rallies from 20-6 deficit in fourth quarter to win 23-20 at Truman State. NCAA D-II tourney hopes remain alive.

Michael Pointer

C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey are out tonight for #Pacers. Both dealing with foot injuries.

Michael Pointer

Filling and covering the #Pacers tonight in their exhibition game against Dallas. Feel fee to follow along.

Mark Montieth

CJ Watson and Stuckey out with sore feet tonight. Scola and Wittington being rested.

Scott Agness

North Central boys tennis back-to-back state champs! Way to carry on the tradition, and beat Carmel! #CradleofGreatness

Michael Pointer

I am on #Pacers duty tonight. Follow my colleague @Aallison25 for #IndyEleven coverage. Final home match of season.

Candace Buckner

I'm in da Lou & out of the loop but folo @Michael Pointer for #PacersVsMavs. Stuff to watch: w/ only 3 gms left, what's 2nd unit rotation?

Michael Pointer

#Purdue and Minnesota having a look of a 61-58 game. Defense appears to be optional.

Michael Pointer

Great feeling to see friends in the crowd when performing. Doors open at 8, show starts about 8:30. @CrackersComedy

Michael Pointer

I am back on the @CrackersComedy stage on Tuesday night as part of Open Mike Night. Coupon for free admission at crackerscomedy.com

Michael Pointer

#Butler fans: Wanting to put up a mailbag next week, but need questions. Tweet me or send to michael.pointer@indystar.com.

Michael Pointer

You can reach me on Twitter or at michael.pointer@indystar.com. @IndyFuel

Michael Pointer

ICYMI: My coverage of the @IndyFuel's first-ever game last night. indy.st/1tAM8Oi via @indystar

Michael Pointer

My story: @IndyFuel squander big third-period lead to drop franchise opener 5-4 in lengthy shootout indy.st/1tALznN via @indystar

Michael Pointer

Crazy weekend for me. Covering Fuel, Pacers and Colts. Keeping an eye on Butler. Nuts, but beats working for a living.

Michael Pointer

Excellent photo package from tonight's @IndyFuel game. indy.st/1tABEP3 via @indystar

Michael Pointer

Had not seen hockey in person in nearly two years. Awesome to get back to the rink.

Michael Pointer

Tough loss for the Fuel, but an entertaining night of hockey. Fans got their money's worth.

Michael Pointer

Fort Wayne wins the shootout 3-2, final score is 5-4. Shootout went four extra rounds. @IndyFuel

Michael Pointer

Fort Wayne's Paul Crowder scores, but Brisbois matches it. We're 2-2 in shootout. Onto extra round.

Scott Agness

Broadcast complete, Btown bound, Mother Bear’s ordered. Look out IU … #TheBoysAreBackInTown

Michael Pointer

ECHL shootouts are five rounds. That's different from NHL, which are only three.

Michael Pointer

Still 4-4 at end of overtime. Onto the shootout. @IndyFuel

Michael Pointer

Terrific move by @IndyFuel's Kirill Gotovets to get Fort Wayne keeper down, but his shot clangs off the post.

Michael Pointer

Change on @IndyFuel goal: Patrick Cullen tipped in Brisebois shot and gets the goal. Brisebois gets the assist for second point of night.

Michael Pointer

We go to overtime: @IndyFuel 4, Fort Wayne 4. Entertaining night.

Michael Pointer

They still trail 4-3, but @IndyFuel going on power play with 1:53 left. Guessing we'll see goaltender coming out soon.

Michael Pointer

What had been a perfect opening night had turned pretty revolting in the last 10 minutes. @IndyFuel

Michael Pointer

Fort Wayne takes the lead at 11:53 mark as Jones takes a pass from Crowder on a 3-2 and scores from about 20 feet out.

Michael Pointer

Fort Wayne is known as a minor-league hockey hotbed. Can see why here tonight. Impressive crowd came down.

Michael Pointer

Game is tied on a really, really bad goal. Fort Wayne fires harmless shot from blue line. Goes off Fuel GK Carruth's glove and in.

Michael Pointer

Pretty loud cheers on those two Fort Wayne goals. Guessing Komets brought 300 or 400 fans down here. @IndyFuel

Michael Pointer

Komets are right back into it. Paul Crowder scores on power play to cut deficit to 3-2 with 17:04 left. @IndyFuel