The Indiana Pacers celebrated Halloween by hosting the Sacramento Kings in their seventh game of the 2017-18 NBA season. While the Pacers have not been playing well early in the season, they were still able to take advantage of the young Sacramento roster on the way to an easy 101-83 victory.
While these two teams play in separate conferences, it was still an intriguing matchup because the Bogdanovic brothers were playing each other for the first time in the young NBA careers. Bojan Bogdanovic and the Pacers got off to a great start at Bankers Life Fieldhouse by using a balanced scoring attack and excellent defense to dominate the Kings. The Pacers went into the locker room with a 25-point lead at halftime.
The big early lead allowed the Pacers to rest most of their starters in the second half. The biggest difference in the game was the scoring discrepancy from behind the three-point line. Indiana hit 12 shots from behind the arc while the Kings only managed to make two three-pointers in the entire game. The Pacers also won the battle of the Bogdanovic brothers. Bojan led Indiana in scoring with 17 points while his brother only managed seven points for Sacramento.
The Indiana Pacers have now won four of their first seven games. They will head out on the road to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, November 1. Back-to-back games are usually tough on NBA teams, but the Indiana starting lineup should be well rested after seeing limited playing time on Tuesday.
The Indiana Pacers traveled to Cleveland yesterday to face the defending Eastern Conference champions one day after easily defeating the Sacramento Kings at home. Playing an extremely talented team on short rest put the Pacers at a severe disadvantage, but they did not let that stop them from pulling off their most impressive victory of the 2017-18 NBA season.
Indiana and Cleveland were both in sync at the beginning of the game. The Pacers used a balanced offensive attack that saw all five starters hitting key shots. Cleveland was forced to primarily rely on LeBron James and Derrick Rose, but they were still able to keep the game close. The Indiana Pacers entered halftime leading 62-61.
Most teams playing their second straight game tend to struggle late in the game, but the Pacers showed absolutely no signs of fatigue. The two teams traded baskets at the start of the second half, but the Pacers took the lead for good after hitting a series of three-pointers halfway through the third quarter. The Cavaliers simply had no answer for the unselfish offense of the Pacers. All five starters for the Indiana Pacers scored at least 15 points, which helped them secure a 124-107 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The win yesterday puts the Pacers at the top of the Central Division after playing eight games. They are also only one game behind the Boston Celtics for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Indiana Pacers will return to action on November 3 when they go on the road to face the Philadelphia 76ers.
After getting off to a terrible start to the season, the Indiana Pacers have been playing great basketball over the last few weeks. The Pacers have been carried by their excellent offense during the recent hot stretch, and that was no different last night when they defeated the Orlando Magic 121-109.
Indiana’s desire to put on an excellent show for their fans helped them get off to a hot start last night. They quickly amassed a eight-point lead after scoring 33 points in the first quarter. The offense cooled off a little bit in the second quarter, but the Magic were unable to capitalize thanks to the excellent defense of the Pacers.
Jonathon Simmons of the Orlando Magic was nearly unstoppable early in the second half. His excellent shooting display cut Indiana’s lead to only one point at the end of the third quarter. With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Victor Oladipo and the rest of the Indiana offense rose to the occasion. They put up 36 points in the final 12 minutes to put the game out of reach. Oladipo ultimately led the team in scoring with 26 points. Three other members of the team also tallied at least 18 points.
The Pacers now hold a 12-9 record this season. They will travel to Houston to face the James Harden and the Rockets on Wednesday, November 29. Pulling off a win over the top team in the Western Conference would be the perfect way for the Pacers to prove they are serious contenders this season.
During the 2017 NBA of season one of the most highly anticipated moves was the expected trade of forward Paul George. Paul George previously played for the Indiana Pacers, the team that drafted him about six years ago. While the Pacers and Georgia had some success together, the team was never able to put enough pieces around him to contend for a title.
Due to the fact that the Pacers still not able to build a team around him and the fact that it look like they would spend the next few years rebuilding, Paul George ended up asking for team or a trade. The Pacers ultimately decided that this would be the best move as they would get some player in return as opposed to losing him to free agency in the future. In the end, the Pacers traded George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. With his new team, George should be able to immediately stepped onto a team that could content for the spot in the championship series. While George has likely found a good spot, it now appears that he was close to being treated to an entirely different team (http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2017/07/19/pacers-nearly-traded-paul-george-cleveland-cavaliers-says-wojnarowski/490554001/).
According to the report, the Indiana Pacers were very close to coming to a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This trade would have sent Paul George to Cleveland, which would have allowed him to be on the most dominant team in the Eastern conference. Ultimately, the trade with Cleveland fell apart. It was believed that Cleveland was looking to work a trade that would have allowed them to keep Kryie Irving and Kevin Love, but the Pacers wanted to be able to get at least one of the two players. Further, the Pacers were not as willing to help a team that was in their own division.
The State of Indiana will always be considered the home of basketball. During the 2016-17 NBA season, the Indiana Pacers looked like they were taking a step in the right direction to continue that trends. While the team did take a step forward, there season came to a quick end during the first round of the playoffs (http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/basketball/professional/pacers/pacers-swept-from-playoffs/article_caa154a7-10f8-5034-a8f8-24df887d9063.html).
The Indiana Pacers were one of the hotter teams in the NBA during the last few weeks of the regular season. This late season push allowed them to jump into the playoffs and earn the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Unfortunately, this progress ended up getting them a date in the first round against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers, who are the defending champions of the NBA, were the heavy favorites to win the series.
As expected, the Cavaliers won the series by winning four straight games against the Indiana Pacers. While the Cavs did win by a sweep, the series was far closer than others would have thought. The Pacers played very well in all four games and took each game to the very end and the largest loss was by only 6 points.
While the Pacers did not advance in the playoffs, they do look poised to make a big move in the coming years. The team will continue to be led by Paul George, who is one of the top scoring players in the league. While the team will need to draft well, they have a chance to improve even more next year.