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Pacers Looking to Make Big Moves this Offseason

During the 2017-18 NBA season, one of the most surprising teams in the entire NBA were the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers barely made the playoffs in the prior season and ended up trading Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Due to the loss of George, many people expected that the Pacers would take a big step back.

 

While the Pacers traded George, they actually ended up getting much better during the recent season. The Pacers ended up finishing with a final record of 48 wins and 34 losses, which was good enough for second place in their division and just 2 games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. Once they were in the playoffs, the Pacers took the Cavaliers to Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs, which they ultimately lost.

 

While the Pacers were knocked out early in the playoffs, there is plenty of reason for optimism. During the season, Victor Oladipo continued to improve and now looks like he could be an All-NBA player for years to come. While the Pacers should be happy with their improvement this past season, there is still plenty of room for improvements.

 

One of the main ways that they will improve is by making some big offseason moves. There are a variety of players that they could target through trades or free agency (https://8points9seconds.com/2018/05/16/pacers-trade-candidates-otto-porter/). One player rumored to be coming to the Pacers is guard Otto Porter who was with Washington last year. Porter would give the team another great weapon on the offensive side of the court.

Pacers Win Game 3

Prior to the start of the 2017 NBA season, most people believe that the Indiana Pacers would be in a rebuilding mode. The team had struggled to make the playoffs the prior year and had just traded away their star player, Paul George. While most people did not have very high expectations for the Pacers, team has played very well and ended up finishing high enough in the conference to make the playoffs.

The Pacers ended up earning a bid to the playoffs and we’re scheduled to face the Cleveland Cavaliers. This was not an easy matchup for the Pacers as the Cavaliers continue to be led by LeBron James and have won the Eastern Conference three straight years. While the Pacers were not the favorites to win, they are now actually in the lead after the first three games of the playoffs (https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/4/20/17259474/pacers-cavaliers-2018-time-tv-schedule-watch-live-online-game-3).

During Game 3 of the playoff match, it appeared that the Cavs were in clear control of the game. At one point, the Pacers were down 17 points and looked like they could not score. However, due to the strength of Bodgan Bodganovic, the Pacers were able to complete a very dramatic comeback and they ended up winning the game by two points.

After the very exciting Game 3, the series will continue to be played in Indianapolis for Game 4 before moving back to Cleveland for a game. Winning Game 4 would be a huge boost for the Pacers as they look to hold on to the home court advantage.

Pence’s 2016 Abortion Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Before Donald Trump picked Mike Pence to run as his vice president in the 2016 presidential election, Pence held political office as the governor of Indiana. Dring his time as governor of the land of corn fields and basketball, the current United States Vice President then signed a law that took away several liberties of women seeking abortions on fetuses inside their own bodies.

One of the key protections that the anti-abortion bill put into action was banning to-be mothers from aborting fetuses if they were suspected to have genetic defects.

According to a federal appeals court on Thursday, April 19, 2018, the legislature signed into action in March 2016 by Pence was recently ruled unconstitutional. The 7th United States Circuit Court of Appeals, led by Judge William Bauer, found that such provisions in the law violated precedents of law set forth in previous cases “and are therefore unconstitutional.”

This ruling does, in fact, support a federal court ruling about the same bill, formally known in Indiana state legislature as the House Enrolled Act 1337.

The aforementioned ruling against the bill was brought forward from both Kentucky’s and Indiana’s Planned Parenthood organizations against the Indiana State Department of Health.

Because “there was no medical basis for these restrictions,” said CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Christie Gillespie, she felt the ruling would turn out as it did earlier this week.

CNN initially reported this story. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office did not provide any input regarding the matter.

Pacers Win Game 3 Against Cavaliers

After splitting the first two games, the playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers moved to Indianapolis for the first time on Friday, April 20. The Pacers were dominant at home this season, but defeating a team led by LeBron James in the playoffs is always going to be a difficult task.

Indiana started the game flat despite playing in front of a raucous crowd. The Pacers consistently struggled with their shooting touch throughout the first half. After only scoring 20 points in both the first and second quarter, the Pacers were down 17 points entering halftime.

Since they could not rely on their offense, Indiana stepped up their pressure on defense in the second half. After holding the Cavaliers to only 12 points in the third quarter, the Pacers were only down six points entering the final quarter. The Indiana offense came alive when it matter the most. They took the lead with six minutes left to play and never looked back. A late run by Cleveland made the game close, but the Pacers still won 92-90.

The win on Friday may turn out be the key moment in this series. Everyone in Indiana thought the team was going to lose halfway through the game, but they pulled off one of the most impressive comebacks in franchise history. The Pacers were not only able to maintain their home-court advantage, but they also drastically shifted the momentum in the series. Game 4 will be played on Sunday night.

Indiana Pacers Grab 2-1 Series Lead Over Cleveland Cavaliers

Prior to the start of the 2018 NBA playoffs, many experts around the league felt as though the Indiana Pacers were a pushover. Despite an incredibly successful regular season that saw them grab a surprising fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, fans couldn’t get past the low expectations this team had prior to the season.

To make matters worse, Indiana would be facing off against The King and the king of playoff basketball: LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Through three games of this first-round matchup, though, it is Indiana that has looked like royalty against James and his teammates.

This low-scoring series has seen each team average fewer than 100 points per game, which is almost unheard of in today’s three-point heavy landscape. With offense hard to come by, it is even more amazing that the Pacers were able to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit in game three to grab the series lead at two games to one.

Late James heroics and fancy three-point shooting weren’t enough to hold off the Pacers’ comeback as Indiana held Cleveland to just 33 total points in the second half. Compare that to the first half of the same game where the Cavs poured in 57, including 31 in the first quarter alone.

Game four will be Sunday night, April 22, at 8:30 PM Eastern in Indiana. The Pacers can take a commanding lead in the series by defending their home court.

Pacers Look to Advance in Playoffs

Prior to the start of the 2017-18 NBA season, one team that was expected to struggle all year was the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers had just come off of a down season and had lost their star player, Paul George, in a trade to Oklahoma City. While most did not expect the Pacers to do as well, the team ended up winning 48 games and earned the number 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers are now in the first round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers and they look poised to make it a very challenging series for the LeBron James-led team (http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2018/04/cleveland_cavaliers_at_indiana_5.html). Through the first two games of the series, both the Cavs and Pacers have won one game. As the series continues there will continue to be a significant focus on the Pacers’ ability to control LeBron James. During the first game of the series, the Pacers were able to control James and stop the rest of the team. However, in Game 2, James stepped up and once again looked like the best player in the world.

For the Pacers to continue to play well against the Cavs, Victor Oladipo will need to continue to score. Oladipo looked like a real surprise all season long and ended up having an All-Star caliber year. During the season he ended up being one of the league leaders in scoring and he showed that the team has a very bright future despite the loss of George last year.

Pacers Make Big Push Forward

In 2016, the Indiana Pacers were considered one of the more average teams in the league. The Pacers ended up finishing in 7th place in the Eastern Conference and ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs. Then, in the offseason, the team ended up trading away star player Paul George out of fear that the team would end up losing him in free agency in the coming years. Most people expected that this trade would set the team back a few years and that they would not be able to compete. However, the team has continued to surprise a lot of people and has actually looked like they could make a deep playoff run.

The success of the Indiana Pacers continued this past week when they had a shocking big victory over the Golden State Warriors (http://www.nba.com/pacers/rewind-pacers-warriors-180405). Playing in front of a sellout crowd at home, the Pacers looked extremely sharp all game and end up winning the game by a score of 126 to 106. Maybe the most surprising thing about the success that the team had was its scoring.

The Pacers ended up shooting very well from the field. Overall, they made 15 three-point shots, which is among the highest level they have shot all year. The team was once again led by Bogan Bogdanovic and Victor Oladipo, which are two players that have been leading the Pacers all year. The team now looks set to make a major move forward as the final playoff push is here.

Who Will Pacers Play in First Round?

It was a jubilant scene at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse when the Pacers brought home an overtime victory over the competitive Miami Heat squad on March 25, the Pacers had surprised many by guaranteeing themselves a spot in the playoffs this season. The Pacers have been criminally under-appreciated throughout most of the season, flying under the radar. Now, with only a few games to go in the regular season it is time for the Pacers squad to begin turning their attention to their most likely first-round opponents.

Currently, the Pacers lock down the number 5 seed in the Eastern Conference which means if the playoffs begun today they would face the upstart Philadelphia 76ers (who have the same record, but hold the tiebreakers. This seems to be the most likely outcome as both teams have similar strengths of schedule in their remaining games. The 76ers are a young team and fun to watch, but the recent injury to their center Joel Embiid leaves a big hole in the lineup. However, with reports that Embiid could actually make it back in time for the playoffs — the Pacers shouldn’t rest easy.

Another potential opponent is the Cleveland Cavaliers. There is, of course, the best player in the world who suits up for the Cavs — LeBron James. The Cavs have had a roller-coaster season and are still figuring out their roster, however, so the chemistry of the Pacers could give them a puncher’s chance in a potential series.

One thing is for certain: the Pacers should be proud of the regular season they put together. No matter what happens in the playoffs (or who they play) the Pacers can hang their hat on the fact they exceeded expectations by a longshot.

Pacers Continue Playoff Push

Heading into the 2017 NBA season, most people did not expect much out of the Indiana Pacers. The prior season, the Pacers ended up finishing seventh in the conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs. At the end of the season, they ended up trading their star player, Paul George, to the Oklahoma City Thunder out of fear of losing him in free agency.

Due to the loss of Paul George, most expected that the Pacers would take a step back this season. However, they have been extremely good and actually look much better than they did the prior year. This trend continued is past week as the Pacers continued to position themselves well for the playoffs and surprise people all over the league (https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/4/5/17200330/indiana-pacers-myles-turner-victor-oladipo-feature).

As the regular season of the NBA comes to close, the Pacers look well positioned for a deep playoff run. They are currently the number 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and will likely hold this position. This means they will probably end up facing either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. In either situation, the team could be in a good position as they have looked very cohesive and impressive as of late.

One of the main reasons why the Pacers will continue to perform well is due to Victor Oladipo. The Pacers ended up acquiring him during the trade that included Paul George. Since joining the Pacers, Oladipo has been one of the to players in the league.

Pacers Mount Comeback to Defeat Lakers

While they have their playoff spot locked up, the last three weeks of the 2017-18 NBA season are still very important for the Indiana Pacers. They are currently in a tough battle with the Cavaliers, Wizards and 76ers for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers improved their chances of hosting a playoff series in Indianapolis when they earned an impressive comeback victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, March 19.

The Los Angeles offense was red-hot after the opening tip-off. They seemingly scored every time they went down the court in the first quarter. Since the Pacers had no luck on defense, they were down eight points after the first quarter. Indiana finally found a way to slow down the Lakers in the second quarter. The improved defense helped them close the deficit to two points before halftime.

Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner completely took over the game in the third quarter. The top two stars for the Pacers were not going to let their team lose on Monday. They led the Pacers to 35 points in the third quarter to gain a 12-point lead. This big lead allowed Indiana to rest a lot of their starters in the fourth quarter. While the offense really struggled late in the game, the Pacers were still able to get a 110-100 win over the Lakers.

They may not have played their best basketball, but every win counts right now for the Pacers. Indiana will play the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, March 21.