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Pacers' GM Kevin Pritchard tweeted that Larry Bird's sources say that Frank Vogel's job is safe.

This tweet comes as a tongue-in-cheek reply to reports that Vogel may be "coaching for his job" in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers head to Atlanta tied 1-1 with Game 3 looming on Saturday. Vogel may very well be coaching for his job, but it's obvious that Bird and Pritchard want to grab control of this situation before the media runs wild with it. Well played, Mr. Pritchard.
Apr 24 - 11:38 AM

Head coach Frank Vogel said on Wednesday that he will continue to play George Hill and C.J. Watson together.

With the way C.J. Watson has performed this postseason, Frank Vogel said to expect "a lot more" two point guard lineups. Watson is not scoring at huge rate, but his accuracy from beyond the arc, 4-of-6 this series, spaces the floor well and creates driving lanes for George Hill. Hill had his best game of the series in Tuesday's win, scoring 15 points in 33 minutes. With Vogel committed to a two point guard look, Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson may see a decrease in minutes.
Apr 23 - 3:16 PM

Pacers coach Frank Vogel may be "coaching for his job" in the first round of the playoffs, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Pacers' organization is understandably concerned about their late-season plummet, though they still secured the first seed in the East and head to Atlanta with their first-round matchup tied 1-1. Lance Stephenson has been grating on his teammates and Roy Hibbert is playing like a shell of himself, and Pacers president Larry Bird suggested in March that it's ultimately Vogel's responsibility to fix things. "We do have to stay the course," he said. "But I also think he's got to start going after guys when they're not doing what they're supposed to do." Vogel has benched players for rest and altered his defensive approach vs. the Hawks, but all eyes remain on the Pacers as they head to Atlanta for Game 3.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 1:09 PM

Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson reportedly got into a fistfight during a Pacers' practice on Friday.

"This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," said one witness to the scuffle. The Pacers were crushed in Game 1 but they bounced back to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Stephenson had seven points, five assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes during Game 2, Turner had three points in 11 minutes off the bench, and Roy Hibbert had another awful game with six points on 1-of-7 shooting. Paul George (27 points) and Luis Scola (20 points) bailed them out, and they'll need a more balanced team effort to keep their momentum in Atlanta on Thursday.
Apr 23 - 9:16 AM

Luis Scola came off the bench to hit 9-of-14 shots in just 19 minutes and finish with 20 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday's big Game 2 win over the Hawks.

This was Scola's best game of the season off the bench for the Pacers and he picked the right time to make it happen. If David West (8 points, 2 rebounds) continues to struggle against Paul Millsap, we could continue to see more Scola for the rest of this series.
Apr 22 - 9:44 PM

George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 15 points, four rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's big Game 2 win over the Hawks.

Hill's offense was key to the Pacers' 17-0 run in the third quarter that ended the game, but he didn't score a point in the first half. Hill will have to keep it going in Atlanta for Games 3 & 4 on Thursday and Saturday. C.J. Watson had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench tonight.
Apr 22 - 9:41 PM

Roy Hibbert hit just 1-of-7 shots for six points, four rebounds and zero blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Hawks.

The Pacers might be resigned to Hibbert sitting on the bench for most of this series, as Ian Mahinmi played 20 minutes, but was even more ineffective than Hibbert. The series is tied 1-1 and Game 3 is Thursday in Atlanta, but we wouldn't recommend using Hibbert in daily leagues until this series is over - assuming the Pacers end up winning.
Apr 22 - 9:39 PM

Paul George hit 9-of-16 shots and five 3-pointers for 27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals, a block and just one turnover in Tuesday's easy 101-85 Game 2 win over the Hawks to tie their series at 1-1.

George was great tonight and the Pacers dominated the third quarter after being down four at halftime. They went on a 17-0 run and won the game easily, despite not getting much from Roy Hibbert (1-of-7 shooting) and Lance Stephenson (seven points). The series heads to Atlanta for Game 3 on Thursday.
Apr 22 - 9:36 PM

Pacers coach Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be asked to defend Jeff Teague at times during Tuesday's Game 2.

Teague's penetration was disastrous for Indiana in Game 1 and Vogel may make a few other strategic changes, including the use of zone defense to keep Roy Hibbert closer to the paint. The Hawks' offense may be ideally suited to exploit the Pacers, but on a broader scale Indiana has gone from a 93.6 defensive rating before the All-Star break to a 102.3 defensive rating after the break. They'll need to sort things out quickly to avoid losing to the No. 8 seed in the first round.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 22 - 6:47 PM

The Pacers will not change their starting lineup for Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.

Head coach Frank Vogel said prior to the series that he'll tweak his rotations on a "game-by-game" basis, but the Pacers' collapse in Game 1 wasn't enough to swap out Roy Hibbert for a more mobile big man like Ian Mahinmi. Hibbert's ability (or inability) to defend Pero Antic on the perimeter will be a key to the series and it prompted him to say that he's the "weak link on defense," so all eyes will be on that matchup for Game 2.
Apr 22 - 5:20 PM

Frank Vogel said that during Saturday's Game 1 defeat the Pacers "didn't trust the passes well enough, didn't move the ball well enough."

A lack of ball movement has characterized the Pacers' late-season collapse, but the problems weren't contained to the offensive end. Vogel also highlighted breakdowns in one-on-one defense and the Hawks' relentless ability to get into the paint, which is largely due to Jeff Teague's penetration and the Hawks' frontcourt spreading the court out to the 3-point line.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 21 - 10:00 AM

A dejected Roy Hibbert stated, "I'm the weak link on defense," following Saturday's game one loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Hibbert has been unrecognizable for the past few months, and the last two weeks have been particularly awful. Since being benched versus Atlanta on April 6, Hibbert has shot 7-of-37 (18.9percent) from the field totaling 17 points through five games. To make matters worse Hibbert is being forced out towards the perimeter as he's tasked with guarding Atlanta's Pero Antic, and that has clearly made him uncomfortable. Hibbert is in jeopardy of being benched in favor of Luis Scola or Ian Mahinmi, and that's not exactly what you'd want from a guy who pulled in $14.2 million this season.
Apr 20 - 10:21 AM

George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

Hill was abused by Jeff Teague tonight (28 points, five assists) and isn't a good matchup for Atlanta's point guard. He could end up giving way to C.J. Watson for the rest of the series, as Hill and Roy Hibbert haven't looked right since the All-Star break. The Pacers no longer have homecourt advantage in this series, nor have they figured out how to match up with Atlanta.
Apr 19 - 9:57 PM

Roy Hibbert hit 4-of-9 shots for eight points, eight rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's 101-93 Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

Hibbert has a terrible match up with Pero Antic (8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 3-pointers) and could find himself benched for much of this series, because Antic plays mainly on the perimeter. Hibbert has been struggling for some time and this series should offer more of the same. And if the Pacers don't figure things out quickly, they're going to make an early exit and heads will likely roll in Indy. Not only did Hibbert fail to block a shot, but he had his shot blocked by Kyle Korver. Yes, Kyle Korver.
Apr 19 - 9:55 PM

Paul George hit just 6-of-18 shots and left Saturday's Game 1 loss briefly with a left quad/knee injury, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

Despite the poor shooting, that's a pretty stellar fantasy line from George, but the Pacers were down by about 20 for most of the second half, and lost 101-93. There's no word on the severity of his knee injury, but given that he quickly returned after a trip to the locker room, we're guessing it's no big deal. The No. 1 seeded Pacers turned over homecourt advantage to the Hawks tonight, and don't match up well with Atlanta. If the Hawks hang on to win the series, they'll become just the third No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 in a seven-game series, joining the 2007 Warriors (over the Mavericks), and the 2011 Grizzlies (over the Spurs).
Apr 19 - 9:51 PM


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