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The Pacers are 27-15 and seven of their losses occurred when Malcolm Brogdon was sidelined. His importance is becoming clearer, especially in late-game situations.
McMillan: “We’re going to put the ball in his hands and let him make decisions for us.”
Pacers Win in the Usual Way: Balance and Brogdon. nba.com/pacers/news/pa… via @pacers
Malcolm Brogdon finishes with 12pts, 10asts and the final bucket in the Pacers’ 116-114 win over the Timberwolves. It’s a season series sweep.
Warren scored 28 and Towns had 27 in his return.
Ideal sendoff to a five-game road trip that begins in Denver.
Brogdon makes a go-ahead floater.
"A leader and a closer, and that’s what I want to be for this team,” he said earlier this week.
Timberwolves on an 11-3 run; Pacers haven’t scored in over two and half minutes.
Tied at 114, with the ball and 31.s left, McMillan uses a timeout.
Nate McMillan is challenging the call of an offensive foul on Lamb. Personal foul calls aren’t often overturned, but it was a success two nights ago in Minnesota with Domas.
Minnesota ranks 29th in the NBA in 3-point shooting (.324) but is 16 of 35 tonight (.457) with 6 1/2 minutes left.
Wasted final possession of the third with 3.1s and the ball at halfcourt.
Pacers up on the Timberwovles 99-93. Warren has 26; Brogdon with 10/10a. Towns has 23.
Pacers shooting 60% & +9 on the glass.
Minnesota now 15 of 28 on three - pointers but trails Pacers 92-88 with 3:08 left in third. Brogdon with 10 points, 10 assists Warren with 24 on 9 of 14 shooting.
Tonight's jersey and T-shirt tally in the section in front of me. (A new appearance.)
@Victor Oladipo 7
Malcolm Brogdon 3
Bob Netolicky 1
Karl-Anthony Towns 1
Some kid named Harts 1
Pacers and Timberwolves scored a combined 29pts in the first four mintues of the second half.
Zero points in the paint.
8 for 10 from 3.
Ten Pacers have played, all have put up at least two shots - except Turner, who has yet to shoot a field goal.
Minnesota hits first 8 shots of the second quarter, five of them 3-pointers. Game tied at 47 as McMillan calls timeout to find out what the hell is going on out there.
Team Balance Beam (aka @Indiana Pacers) had 9 different players score in the first quarter.
I think this every time it’s an in-game promotion:
The @stelmo shrimp eating contest is such a waste of THE BEST shrimp. Each bite (with sauce) should be savored, not thrown down.
One player has scored for Minnesota at first timeout. Five have scored for the Pacers.
Pacers lead Karl-Anthony Towns 16-9 at the first timeout. He missed his first two 3-pointers but has hit three shots since then and drawn fouls on two.
Sabonis heads to the bench early after picking up his first foul. Without Towns, he scored 25 first-half points on Wednesday.
Tonight, he has four so far — and KAT has nine.
Victor Oladipo with a pre-game message to the crowd ahead of MLK Jr. Day on Monday: pic.twitter.com/011XQTesdq
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, sidelined the last 14 games with a left knee sprain, plans to play and start tonight.
Here he is working two hours before the game. pic.twitter.com/eOqhrg0dNG
ESPN is altering its schedule, televising Spurs at Pelicans next Wednesday (instead of Nuggets at Rockets) so everyone can see Zion’s debut…
Probably the most common phrase you'll hear from someone working on a book: "I really don't expect to make any money ..."
Edmond Sumner and Alize Johnson will not be with the Pacers tonight vs Minnesota. They have been assigned to the Mad Ants and will play tonight in Fort Wayne.
Mad Ants waiving 2009 lottery pick Hasheem Thabeet. The center appeared in nine games and averaged 4.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
After 41 games, the Pacers are 26-15 and fifth in the East. I went around the locker room and asked each of the rotation guys for an evaluation of their play so far, and what more they can do:
Malcolm Brogdon finishes with 21 points (10 in fourth quarter), six rebounds and six assists. TJ McConnell adds six points, eight assists, one turnover. Solid point guard play for @Indiana Pacers.
Pacers 26-15 a the season's midpoint. Given all the injuries, hard to imagine anyone is too upset about that.
Pacers win in Minneapolis 104-99 behind a 29/13/6 night from Sabonis and 21/6/6 from Brogdon.
After 41 games, they're fifth in the East and 26-15 despite Oladipo rehabbing and Brogdon missing one-third of games. Last season: 27-14.
Up next: vs Timberwolves on Friday.
Admit it, Brogdon is quicker than you thought.
McConnell pointing out scratches on his arm that didn't bring a foul. Show and tell.
I like the idea of a Brogdon-McConnell backcourt to finish the game.
McConnell, McDermott out there playing like coach's sons again. Moving with and without the ball.
Warren consistently makes bad decisions in transition, forcing the action against the defense when there's nothing there. Puzzling this late in the season, not to mention his career.
Pacers still not following up their better wins well. Allow Minnesota 59 points on 57 percent shooting in the first half. Timberwolves brought 43 percent field goal percentage into the game.
The only thing to slow Sabonis down is foul trouble. He has three, but McMillan is using a very early timeout to challenge an offensive foul.
He’s 9 for 11 with 21pts.
Doesn't seem right that the Pacers, Butler and Indiana are all at a commercial break at the same time. Come on, let's coordinate these games.
"He’s kind of like the engine to their offense."
"You can tell in many ways he’s probably the heart and soul of this group."
The Pacers are fifth in the East and deserve at least one player in the All-Star game. Is it Domas Sabonis? theathletic.com/1513705/2020/0…
Happy Birthday to my father Dr. Chris Oladipo love you pops!
Pacers are holding their second annual mom’s trip in Minneapolis. There are nine newcomers to the team who didn’t experience it last year — on their trip to Milwaukee theathletic.com/859155/2019/03…
We are entering the trade-deadline-approaching portion of the NBA schedule. People desperate for clicks will be throwing out all kinds of rumors and speculation. Just remember the bottom line: trades that are rumored don't happen and the trades that will happen were not rumored.
Here’s Victor Oladipo working with video coordinator Tim Dather after practice. He finished with two power dunks.
He doesn’t plan to be on the Pacers’ upcoming five-game road trip that begins this weekend. pic.twitter.com/6876ZLIdqy
Nate McMillan says he was told that Sabonis can’t hurt his sore left knee anymore, but he’ll play through some pain and they’ll watch it closely. No restrictions, though.
The new WNBA CBA is a good step forward for the players and women’s sports. They deserve it.
- Max players earn 3x what they were
- Avg salary is six figures
- 50/50 revenue split
- No more sharing hotel rooms
- Family planning benefits + childcare stipend
- much more.
Karl-Anthony Towns hasn't played since Dec. 13 with a rather mysterious knee injury. He was listed as out with an illness on Monday, though. His return is said to be imminent, which means he could play against the Pacers on Wednesday.
Perhaps the best thing the Pacers have done this season is "take care of" the ball. They have committed fewer turnovers than any team in the league, and rank fourth in turnover percentage per 100 plays. They had 9 in tonight's win over Philly, just 2 in the second half.