Lloyd Pierce Rumors
With under one minute remaining in the game and the Pacers trying to seal the win, Tyrese Haliburton is injured. He was driving to the basket and converted a tough layup — then his foot was stepped on. Haliburton was in pain and had to be helped off the floor despite being able to put some weight on his injured foot/ankle. However, there is no panic from the Pacers face of the franchise, who had ice on his ankle after the game. Lloyd Pierce who was the acting head coach tonight shared his thoughts on the injury in a post-game media session. “He said he’s okay but they all do. I didn’t see what he hurt, I think he had some ice on his ankle, but I don’t know what the status is.”
Lloyd Pierce was fired last season because he lost the locker room, and mainly Young. One source was asked after Tuesday’s Game 5 loss if McMillan had support in the locker room this season and if he felt like the players believed in their coach; he just laughed. As of a few days ago, McMillan’s job security was not in question. The manner in which the Hawks lost could change opinions, but that remains unclear right now. This series was another reminder, though, of McMillan’s lack of playoff success. In his 18 seasons, he’s only advanced out of the first round twice: last season and in 2005 with the Seattle SuperSonics.
After a two-game absence, Pacers coach Rick Carlisle has returned to the team and will coach Monday night against Atlanta at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Carlisle did not travel on Indiana’s two-game road trip to Memphis and Toronto due to “a family emergency,” according to lead assistant Lloyd Pierce, who filled in for Carlisle.
James Boyd: #Pacers acting head coach Lloyd Pierce: “First you just see a mass exodus behind the basket on our bench side, and you don’t know what’s going on, but there’s the entire section leaving the building. … And then you start to smell that there was a fire.” #Raptors pic.twitter.com/EqgMOX6aaD