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When a referee is truly trying to protect a fighter, and is staying in touch with the doctor during the fight, you can't really knock it.
I'm fascinated to see how Alvarez responds to his first loss. We'll see if he has the makeup of a champ. Angullo very tough fighter.
Loved that rendition of the Mexican national anthem. . .even though it was in Spanish and I hardly understood a word.
IUPUI ends another dreadful season (6-26, 1-13 Summit League) with a blowout loss to IPFW. Not moving into the Coliseum on a high note.
Alvarez-Angulo getting ready to start. Should be a terrific fight.
Dinner at nobu
CJ Watson (sprained right elbow) has already been ruled out for tomorrow’s game in Dallas.
What a difficult stretch we are going tru. But we will get over it. This team is very good. We will get it right.
However, over these last 3 gms, these talks have happened out in view of us reporters. Guys not waiting to meet & debrief on these 3 Ls
"Wasn't anything worth talking about." Turner on Harden confrontation
Evan Turner on Harden confrontation: "We just got tangled up." Said never had beef w/ him b4. "Just a misunderstanding. Heat of the moment."
"We got to get better as a team and we got to get back to how we used to play." -- Paul George after 112-86 loss to Houston, 3rd straight L
Paul George: "It's the first time we probably lost three in a row. (Sh--)'s gotta change. Sorry for the language but it's gotta change."
"We just got to figure out how to get back to mucking the game up and playing our style of ball." G. Hill
"I feel like now we're at the point where we're letting teams do what they want to do.
Hill: "We're not the same team. I feel like last year, even the beginning of this year, we were a team that really mucked the game up...
It's not just David West this time raising the red flag of concern. George Hill and P. George both appeared ticked off yet ready for change
Several of those players remained in there for at least 15-20 minutes before showering, seemingly having a State of the Team session
Vogel (2/2): “…we’ve always worked our way out of it. I’m sure we will. It stings right now, it’s not fun right now, but we got a good team.
Vogel (1 of 2): "Every team I’ve ever been a part of has had a stretch like we’re in right now. Since I’ve been here…
Pacers on their 1st three-game losing streak of the season, falling in Houston 112-86. It’s their worst loss of the season (26). In DAL Sun.
With eight minutes to play, Vogel sends in Donald Sloan and Solomon Hill. See if they can prevent the Pacers’ biggest L of the season, 24.
Not sure how this game can get any worse for IND. One guy crossed over, another swatted at the rim. Then, Houston cashes another 3pt. 96-64.
Rockets torch the Pacers in the 3rd, 38-16, to go ahead 88-59. Harden had 16 by himself in the quarter.
The bleeding continues. Harden with yet another triple, HOU’s 8th of the game. Pacers’ backcourt thus far outscored 35-8.
Van Gundy is right. Refs always look to cop out by calling double technical. Whether it's warranted or not.
Evan Turner and James Harden get in each other’s face, have to be separated. David West is heated… Officials now reviewing.
First time I've seen Harden go off against Paul George. Which makes me think George's back is an issue.
Pacers have been outscored 16-2 over the last five minutes, and now trail by 17. 5:58 3Q.
After the Pacers made it a one possession game, Rockets have pushed their lead back to 12 — 59-47.
Trailing by as many as 16, Pacers only down by seven at the half. David West with 8 of his 10pts in the 2nd.
Unhappy that a tripping foul wasn’t called, George Hill lets the official know about it and is given his third T of the season. HOU 47-34.
Five of the Pacers’ last six possessions have been turnovers. The other? A blocked shot. Meantime, fouls: IND 10, HOU 1.
You’re seeing why Larry Bird’s first offseason target was Watson, a backup PG. Offense has struggled, so Vogel brings GHill back in.
Paul George? What's up?
Pacers whistled for offensive fouls on three straight possessions. (Mahinmi 2, Turner 1). Can’t remember that ever happening. Rockets 37-24.
Rockets were 4-for-22 from downtown in their last meeting. Already 3-for-7, with 10 assists on 12 field goals.
Scola should know better by now. Paul George doesn't need help on his man especially when Roy is still back there....
Want to see PG attack more, rather than settling for jumpers. His only FG came on a layup. Rockets 27-16 at the end of the 1st.
With CJ Watson out (sprained right elbow), Vogel’s going with Evan Turner at point guard. Rockets 14-2 run to open up a 10-point lead.
Defense leading to the offense. Houston calls timeout as the Pacers have taken the lead via a 8-0 spurt.
David West, who has the most favorable matchup, has to checkout with two fouls, 6:30 1Q. Scola getting early mins vs team still paying him.
Paul George picks James Harden’s pocket, then makes a contested layup at the other end. HOU 10-8 early.
Share that ball, Lance...
Luis Scola shown on scoreboard screen during pre game warm ups and Houston gives him a nice cheer. Played here from 2007-2012
Noteworthy: - HOU 13-0 at home vs East - HOU 21-6 since 1/1 - HOU won last 20gms when scoring 100+ - Harden 17p, 25% shooting v PG last 3gms
Since 2001, the first team to clinch a playoff spot went on to win the NBA Title just twice — the 2007-08 Celtics, 2012-13 Heat.
Expect to see more of that Stephenson-Turner backcourt with Watson out. Asked if Donald Sloan is in rotation & Vogel only said: "Could be."
Pacers backup point guard C.J. Watson to miss his second straight game due to a sprained right elbow.
Pacers to appear on ABC for the first time this season. The network has picked up their April 13th meeting with OKC in Indy, 1pm.