The return of superstar Paul George is just one reason Indiana Pacers fans are hyped for the 2015-16 campaign. After suffering a devastating injury as part of Team USA in 2014, the two-time All-Star is back to lead a dynamic new offense, bolstered by the additions of high-scoring guards Monte Ellis and Rodney Stuckey. Frank Vogel will return to man the sidelines for the blue and gold, as he looks to guide the Pacers deep into the playoffs following their first postseason miss in five tries. Can Indy return to the Eastern Conference Finals for a third time in four years, and if so, will LeBron James be awaiting them once again? Be a part of the action live at Bankers Life Fieldhouse—book your Indiana Pacers tickets today!
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Indiana Pacers 2015-2016 News and Updates
2/2/16 - The Indiana Pacers have been struggling, but they are on a roll now. Their 114-100 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on February 3rd marks their third victory in four games. This is also their first of their last three matchups not to end in overtime. The Pacers earned their lead in the opening quarter and was able to maintain it through the entire game for a clean and strong victory. There is just one more away match before the Pacers return to Indiana for a nice, long home series. Their homecoming kicks off on February 6th. Be sure to get your tickets to welcome them back as they host the Detroit Pistons.
1/26/16 - The Indiana Pacers broke their three game losing streak when they beat the Hawks 111-92 on January 28. Myles Turner started for the first time and scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Mota Ellis found his groove, leading the team with 25 points. The Pacers were down 90-88 with just under six minutes left to play when the team rallied, going on a 12-0 run to lead 100-90. They maintained the momentum for the final minutes of the game, coming away with the victors with a 19-point lead. The Pacers will look to keep this momentum when they host the Nuggets on the 30, and you can still get tickets for prices starting at $14.
1/20/16 - After losing three in a row, the Indiana Pacers finally got a victory to break the streak when they played the Suns on the 19. The Pacers came out strong, outscoring the Suns 25-17 in the first quarter. The Pacers also had a 20-piont lead at one point in the second half, but the Suns battled back and closed the deficit. The Pacers held onto the game, and won 97-94. Monta Ellis led the team in scoring with 20 points, and Paul George added another 19 to help out. The Pacers will look to add another win when they play the Warriors on the 22. You can still get tickets, with prices starting at $29.
1/13/16 - The Indiana Pacers are having a hard time building a streak. They have been winning many of their recent matches, but they are also taking several disappointing losses. With their most recent matchup against the Boston Celtics, which ended with the Pacers behind 94-103, they have won three of their last five games. Their season record is now 22-17 and they are number five in the Eastern Conference. They are definitely not falling behind yet, but if they want to remain competitive, the Pacers are going to need to start winning more consistently. They are headed out on the road for a series of away games, so be sure to get your tickets for their homecoming on January 26th against the Los Angeles Clippers.
1/5/16 - The Indiana Pacers began their series of away games earlier this week. Unfortunately, they ended up losing their first matchup against the Miami Heat in an overtime game. The final score came to 100-103. Fans will be happy to hear that the Pacers followed this loss up with a strong 95-86 victory against the Orlando Magic. Two more away games remain before the Pacers return to Indiana. They will be taking on the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets, then hosting the Phoenix Suns back on their home court on January 12th. Tickets are available starting as low as just $6. Take this opportunity to come out and show your support.
12/29/15 - It had been looking like Paul George had not only returned to form, but perhaps taken his game to a new level. Indeed, the Indiana Pacers are in third place in the Eastern Conference, but it appears to be in spite of a temporary regression from George, whose scoring touch has not been what it was through the first month-plus of the 2015-16 season. It hasn’t mattered to these Pacers, who are looking at the possibility of home court advantage in the playoffs for the first time in several seasons. They’ll wrap up the year at home and kick off 2016 there as well, facing Detroit at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Jan. 2. Get your tickets from $26!
12/24/15 - After losing two in a row, the Indiana Pacers will be extra motivated for a win when they play the Kings at home on December 23. Their most recent loss was in San Antonio on the 21. The Spurs led for most of the game, but the Pacers continued to battle to the final minute. Rodney Stuckey led the team with 16 points, which makes for the seventh straight game that he has scored points in the double figures. Paul George was held to just seven points, a season low for him. George Hill and Jordan Hill added 15 points apiece for the team. Tickets to the Kings game remain available with prices starting at just $10.
12/16/15 - After a couple rocky games, it is reassuring for fans to see the Indiana Pacers really let loose and dominate the court again. December 14th’s match against the Toronto Raptors was the first game to see the Pacers score more than 100 points in a week. Despite starting out behind, the final score came to 90-106 with the Pacers ahead. There is just one more home game for Indiana before the Pacers hit the road again, not to return until the 23rd. They host the Brooklyn Nets on December 18th, which should be a hugely exciting matchup. Tickets are still available, starting at just $8. Come see if the Pacers can maintain this momentum.
12/8/15 - A loss against the Trail Blazers broke the Indiana Pacers' winning streak, and they have been unable to get another win on their record. They lost a close game in overtime against the Jazz on December 5. Paul George carried the team with a season high 48 points. The Jazz led early, and the Pacers fought back and gained a lead. The game eventually went to the Jazz. The Pacers had a chance to tie at the final seconds, but George Hill missed a 3-pointer. They added another loss against the undefeated Warriors on the 8. They will look to get back to winning when they play the Heat on December 11. You can get tickets for prices starting at just $13.
12/2/15 - The Indiana Pacers are looking hot, hot, hot during the month of November. Blazing through team after team, the Pacers are proud of their five-game winning streak they are currently riding. On November 29, the Pacers took on the Los Angeles Lakers at the tough Staples Center crowd. The away game didn’t seem to affect the Pacers play as they left the stadium with the 107-103 win over the Lakers. See if they can add a few more W’s this week to their already shining record. On December 2, they play against the Los Angeles Clippers and on December 3 they hit the court against the Portland Trail Blazers. Tickets for both games are still available, so what are you waiting for?
11/25/15 - The Indiana Pacers may have broken their winning streak last week, but they are building a new one. With the victory against the Washington Wizards on November 24th, they are currently up to three consecutive wins. For the second game in a row, the Pacers managed to earn an incredible 123 points. It certainly does seem like they are on a roll. They will be returning to Indiana for one home game on November 27th, but then they are hitting the road for a while. Be sure to catch them in action while you can when they take on the Chicago Bulls. Tickets are available starting as low as $38.
11/17/15 - The Indiana Pacers are one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference this season and are currently in eighth place. On November 16, the Pacers were matched up against the Chicago Bulls for a grueling game. The Bulls started the game off right and outscored the Pacers by eight points in the first half. The Pacers came back during the second half, but were a little too late and ended up losing 95-96. Watch the Pacers play live on their home court on November 21 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Tickets are still available and start at $13 each, so don’t miss your chance to see all of the action.
11/10/15 - After a loss against the Cavaliers on the 8 that ended a three game winning streak, the Indiana Pacers have started another three game winning streak. They beat the Magic 97-84 on the 9. Then, they placed the Celtics and won 102-91 on the 11. Their third win came against the Timberwolves in a 107-103 victory on the 13. Paul George had 29 points and snagged nine rebounds. Monta Ellis had his best game, helping out in the fourth quarter. They next face the Bulls on the 16th in Chicago. Fans still have a chance to get tickets to catch all the action on the court. Tickets to the game in Chicago remain on sale, with prices starting at $21.
11/4/15 - The Indiana Pacers have finally started to turn things around this year. They had a tough time finding their footing, but after three close losses, they have started winning. They have taken two victories, against the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics. Despite a 2-3 record, the Pacers have scored more than 90 points in every match with one exception. It does not seem like their offense needs work, but if their defense could be improved, they would be unstoppable. If they want to practice, they may have their opportunity on November 8th when they travel to face the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pacers will return the next day to host the Orlando Magic. Tickets start at $4.
10/28/15 - The Indiana Pacers fell to the Toronto Raptors 106-99 in their season opener. The Pacers were ahead by 16 in the second quarter, but they were unable to maintain the lead. They rallied back to take the lead again with two minutes left, but the Raptors once again drew ahead for the win. George Hill scored 19 points and C.J. Miles had 18. Paul George returned to the court after missing most of last season due to a broken leg. He only went 4 for 17 but had 17 points, eight assists, and 12 rebounds. The Pacers will look to get a victory when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on October 29. Tickets remain available, starting at just $10.
10/20/15 - The Indiana Pacers had a good preseason, which has now ended. They finished with a 5-2 record. They had a four game winning streak until they lost to the Bulls on the 20th. They came back and won their final preseason game against the Hornets on the 22nd. Now, they will be looking to fix any kinks before the regular season opener on October 28, which will begin Toronto against the Raptors. Their home opener will be the next night against the Grizzlies. You still have a chance to get your tickets to catch the Pacers play in person. Tickets for the Toronto game start at $43, while the home opener prices start at just $8.
10/12/15 - The Indiana Pacers are 2-1 in the preseason. The franchise has also earned a high position in ESPN the Magazine's "Ultimate Standings," which ranks the 122 franchises of the four major professional sport leagues in America. There are several categories, and the Pacers ended up with an overall ranking of 13 and fourth in the NBA. In other news, the Pacers added a new player this week: free agent Kadeem Jack to bring their training camp roster to 18 players. He is a forward who played for Rutgers. The Pacers' preseason continues when they host the Detroit Pistons, who they beat on the 6th, for a match on October 13th. You can still get your tickets for the game, with prices starting at $2.
8/12/15 - With the release of the official 2015-2016 NBA schedule this week, the Indiana Pacers and their fans can look forward to a fresh start. They finished a mere fourth in the Central Division last year, with just a 38-44 record. Paul George and the rest of the Pacers will be looking to redeem themselves when they begin the new season on the road against the Toronto Raptors. Then, they’ll head home to face the Memphis Grizzlies in what is sure to be a tough game. Come show the Pacers you know they have what it takes to get to the top this season. It all kicks off on Thursday, October 29 against the Grizzlies at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tickets are limited and start at $55.
4/22/15 - Now that the Indiana Pacers are officially done for the 2014-2015 season, they can look back at their year, not to mention prepare for the 2015-2016 season. While they did miss out on the playoffs by an incredibly slim margin which came down to the final day, the Pacers did very well. That fact is made more impressive when you realize that Pacers star Paul George fell out of the league at the beginning of August when he fractured his tibia and fibula. He missed the rest of the season, but it is now clear that he will be returning next year, better than ever. Who knows how far they will go when they are playing at 100% in 2016. With the future to look forward to, the Indiana Pacers are ready to get back in it.
4/16/15 - Tragedy struck on April 15th for the Indiana Pacers. Most sources had essentially assumed that the Pacers were locked into the final seed for the playoffs. The chances that they would not make it in were incredibly slim. To lose their spot, they would need to lose against the Memphis Grizzlies in their final game and simultaneously, the Brooklyn Nets needed to win against the Orlando Magic in their final game. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. It is amazing that it came down to the very last game of the season, but the Indiana Pacers were edged out of their seed by a tiny margin. While their season is now over, and fans are still shocked, the Pacers can start focusing on the next NBA season.
4/6/15 - With 13 points in just 15 minutes of playing time, Indiana Pacers star Paul George made his long-awaited return to the court in a dominating win over Miami, one that resurrected the Pacers’ once-flagging playoff hopes. Having lost nine of 11 before Sunday’s win, the Pacers square off against the N.Y. Knicks and Detroit next, hoping to gain ground on Boston and Brooklyn in the race for the final Eastern seed.
3/30/15 - Indiana Pacers fans have to have their fingernails chewed to the nubs with this playoff race – but if ESPN and FiveThirtyEight are correct in their predictions, they’ll sneak in. As of Monday, ESPN’s Holliger Playoff Odds (at 44.2%) and FiveThirtyEight’s Playoff Odds (at 50.1%) have the Pacers pulling ahead of both Brooklyn and Boston into the final spot; 538’s Neil Paine explains this is due to the Pacers’ remaining schedule.
3/23/15 - If the Indiana Pacers intend to have Paul George return this season, they’d better hurry, as time is running out. After an extended winning streak, the once-promising Pacers have completely reversed course, losing their last five straight and falling back into a four-team scramble for the final playoff spot in the East; the Pacers were scheduled to play Houston on Monday but George’s long-expected return to the court was placed on hold with no reason given by the team.
3/16/15 - After a couple losses against the Celtics and the Raptors that ended their seven game winning streak, the Indiana Pacers will be looking to turn things around when they face the Chicago Bulls on March 18. The 117-98 loss against the Raptors still had some solid scoring from the Pacers, including 23 points from George Hill and 20 points from Rockney Stuckey. The Pacers were unable to draw ahead after the Raptors built up a 37-24 lead during the second quarter. They came close right after halftime, when the score reached 58-56, but the Raptors soon drew ahead again. The Pacers are now in a four-way tie for the last two spots in the playoffs from the East. Tickets remain on sale for the Bulls game, with prices starting at $24.
3/9/15 - Well well, lookie here at who’s above the line in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Yep, it’s those pesky Indiana Pacers, who are still six games under .500, but have moved into a tie with Charlotte. And, according to John Hollinger’s power rankings, which ESPN used to predict playoff probability, the Pacers are 72.7% favorites to make the postseason.
3/3/15 - Believe it or not, the Indiana Pacers are on the verge of pulling into the playoffs next month. The Pacers have fought and scratched their way to the point where they are just a half game behind eighth-place Brooklyn, and a game behind Miami, their playoff nemesis the last two seasons, in the overall Eastern Conference standings.
2/24/15 - It’s getting crowded in the middle of the Eastern Conference pack, and even though they’ve been in somewhat of a funk since the start of the season, the Indiana Pacers are right in the thick of things. And, if Paul George is indeed coming back to the Pacers’ lineup in mid-March, that will be a definite shot in the arm for the team’s stretch run.
2/18/15 - Despite their struggles, the Indiana Pacers actually remain in contention for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Pacers entered the All-Star break at 21-33, tied with Detroit, but just two games out of the seventh/eighth seed, a tie between Charlotte and Miami.
2/10/15 - Is there hope in Hoosierland still? According to a piece by Josh Planos in Tuesday’s Washington Post, there’s still a chance that the Pacers could scrape themselves into the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed, and they have George Hill – for whom it was a dream to play for the Pacers, growing up in Indy, even attending IUPUI – to thank for their slim hopes.
2/3/15 - Could the hope of every Indiana Pacer fan come to reality this season? ESPN has reported that both team president Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel are in favor of getting Paul George, who suffered a grotesque leg injury last summer, back on the court, possibly as soon as next month.
1/27/15 - The Indiana Pacers broke a seven game losing streak last weekend, wrapping up a five game road trip with a win over Orlando. The Pacers remain in struggle mode, however, having fallen 13 games off the pace set by Chicago, and a game and a half behind fourth place Detroit.
1/13/15 - Since the beginning of the year, the Pacers have alternated wins with losses, essentially running in place while teams ahead of them pull away. The loss of Paul George during the offseason, plus additional early season injuries to key players, has taken its toll on the team.
1/6/15 - The Indiana Pacers have won three of their last four games, including a home win over Miami, and road victories over Milwaukee and Utah. The road wins sandwiched a one-point loss to the L.A. Lakers, who are still trying to find their way in the other conference.
12/23/14 - Though they’ve won just three times in their last 10, the Indiana Pacers are working on a two game winning streak. The Pacers come up on the holidays having defeated New Orleans and Minnesota, with a trip to nearby Detroit next up, the day after Christmas.
12/9/14 - This could be a lost season for the Indiana Pacers, who have dropped their last five contests and are being outsocred by an average of 3.5 points per game (93.4 points for, 96.9 points against). While the latter is seventh in the league overall, the offensive numbers are 27th out of 30 teams.
12/2/14 - It is clear that the Indiana Pacers are missing Paul George. While the defensive effort is still in place (fifth in the league in points allowed per game), the offense is lagging decidedly, scoring just 93.4 points per game on average, good for just 26th in the league.
11/25/14 - For all their struggles so far this season, the Indiana Pacers find themselves just two games under .500 and a mere three games behind Chicago for the Central Division lead. The Pacers, who have split their last 10, square off with the Spurs in San Antonio before heading home for the weekend.
11/11/14 - Can the loss of two key players – one to free agency, one to injury – make a difference? In the Indiana Pacers’ case, losing Lance Stephenson to Charlotte and Paul George to injury has meant a very very slow start to 2014-15.
11/4/14 - It’s too early in the season to see many trends yet, but the Indiana Pacers find themselves looking at a two-game losing streak, after winning their opener. With resurgent teams like Chicago and Cleveland in their division, the Pacers will have their work cur out for them, and cannot afford to slide too far down the standings.
10/28/14 - Even though the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George is back on the floor taking jump shots, he and two other starters will be sidelined for the Pacers’ opener later this week. The team announced that David West and George Hill would both miss some time due to injuries.
10/23/14 - With the report that Paul George is back on the court taking jump shots, the Indiana Pacers have to be thinking optimistically. George, who suffered a gruesome broken leg at a U.S.A. Basketball scrimmage over the summer, may well return to the Pacers lineup much sooner than expected.
8/19/14 - The 2014-2015 Indiana Pacers schedule was just announced and it is filled to the brim with must-attend matchups! The Pacers 82-game slate opens up on Oct. 29 vs. Philadelphia at Bankers Field Lifehouse, followed by a Halloween game also at home, against the Grizzlies. Indiana fans have to wait until February to see LeBron James visit with the new-look Cavaliers (2/6), though the Pacers will take a trip over to Cleveland on Nov. 29. Score Pacers-Heat tickets to see if Frank Vogel’s team can seek revenge over Miami on New Year’s Eve. Attend the Nov. 19 game and see former Pacers guard Lance Stephenson’s return to Indianapolis when the Hornets come to town. Don't miss as Rodney Stuckey joins an experienced, blue collar team looking to make another deep post-season run with Indiana Pacers tickets today.
Right out of the gate, the Indiana Pacers made a compelling run as a title-worthy NBA team, mustering the franchise’s best-ever start to a season. Though the Pacers tripped up in the final months of the year, Indiana punched their ticket to the playoffs as top seed in the East. The squad was forced to retaliate against a 3-2 hole they dug themselves in Round 1, but were ultimately able to defeat the eighth-seed Atlanta Hawks. Indiana finished the Wizards in six games, but could not rally to defeat Miami in the Eastern Conference finals, marking the third time in three years that the Heat were responsible for annihilating their NBA Finals hopes.
With the exception of Lance Stephenson, the Pacers are returning the majority of its successful 2013-2014 squad that turned the Eastern Conference on its heels. Consequently, Indiana was pinned as a title-contender in 2015, that is, until the dreadful injury to superstar and primary scorer Paul George. But who is to say that Indiana won’t make the playoffs in the 2014-2015 season? David West is the lifeline of the squad, and is sure to come up big in George’s absence, George Hill is primed for a breakout year and if Roy Hibbert can step up to dominate the court, then the Pacers can surely maneuver through the Eastern Conference and punch their ticket to the postseason. Buy your Indiana Pacers tickets now and watch the never-say-die team charge through adversity!
5/27/14 - The top seed in the East is in deep, deep trouble. The Indiana Pacers, staring at a 3-1 deficit in games won in the Eastern Conference finals against defending champions Miami, need to find that extra gear that their current nemesis, the Heat, always seem to be able to go to when the chips are down. Unfortunately, the squad has fallen back on blaming outside factors, such as officiating – a complaint by which Paul George was assessed a $25,000 fine by the league for recent comments criticizing the game officials. As has happened in each of the Pacer losses, the defending champions have buckled down and made their move, usually in the second half, then fending off a Pacer run – although in Game 4, the Heat actually got off to a strong start and went on from there. Unfortunately for the Pacers, center Roy Hibbert, who had been instrumental in the Pacers’ success, pulled a disappearing act in Game 4, pulling down just five rebounds but scoring zero. Lance Stephenson was also held scoreless in the first half, en route to just nine points for the entire game; George (23) and David West (20) ended up being the Pacer scoring leaders in Game 4.
5/21/14 - The fourth quarter. It’s where reputations are made or broken – witness Reggie Miller’s frequent heroics for Indiana Pacers squads of the past. But Reggie is long gone, and the Miam Heat, the Pacers’ opponent in the Eastern Conference finals, used a huge fourth quarter push to surge past the Pacers in Game 2 of the series by an 87-83 count. FiveThirtyEight, the increasingly noted data-journalism site, showed just how dominant the Heat can be in the fourth quarter – they do as much damage in the fourth quarter as all three preceding quarters combined; the Pacers must find a way to neutralize this advantage effectively if they are to advance to the NBA Finals for just their second time in history. The Pacers had another well-balanced scoring attack in Game 2, this time led by guard Lance Stephenson’s 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds; but a 15-8 run in the last five minutes of the game ultimately proved to be Indiana’s downfall. The series shifts to Miami for the next two games, later this week.
5/19/14 - The Indianapolis Star’s columnist, Bob Kravitz, called them “virtually perfect.” Data-journalism website FiveThirtyEight showed how effectively they used the pick and roll play, one they normally don’t rely on. Yep, it was that kind of game for the Indiana Pacers, who opened the Eastern Conference finals with a huge 107-98 win over Miami, the first time the Pacers have opened a series with a home win this postseason. The Pacers did it with exquisite balance as well, as all five starters recorded at least 15 points, led by Paul George’s 24 and Roy Hibbert’s 19. The Pacers also out-rebounded the Heat 38-29, led by Hibbert’s nine and David West’s seven; they also shared the ball effectively, with Lance Stephenson combining eight assists with his 17 points, and George dishing out seven assists. Game 2 of this series will be key, as the Pacers have evinced a decided Jekyll-and-Hyde split personality in this postseason, and many pundits have pointed out that the Heat have won 10 playoff games in a row after a loss.
5/16/14 - It took a little longer than expected, but the Indiana Pacers made it back to the Eastern Conference finals against the defending champion Miami Heat – the difference between last year and this season, however, is that the Pacers have home court advantage, with the series starting May 18 in Indianapolis. The Pacers were unable to close out Washington at home in Game 5, getting spanked by the Wizards 102-79; but got the job done on the road in the nation’s capital in Game 6, 93-80. David West led the Pacer effort with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists; Lance Stephenson added 17 points, eight assists, and five boards. Roy Hibbert had 11 points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots.
5/12/14 - Have the Indiana Pacers finally found their mojo? Some are saying that might be so after the Pacers came back from as many as 19 points down to Washington on the road at the Verizon Center over the weekend. Paul George put the Pacers on his back in the second half of the 95-92 win on May 11, hanging 39 on the stat line along with 12 rebounds; and once again center Roy Hibbert came to play, collecting 17 points, nine rebounds, and a pair of blocked shots. The squad returns home to Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a solid 3 games to 1 lead in this second-round series; in NBA history, only eight teams have failed to advance after holding a 3-1 series lead.
5/9/14 - Welcome to the postseason, Roy Hibbert. The Indiana Pacers center, who had been uncharacteristically quiet not only in the first round series against Atlanta, but in the shock win by Washington in Game 1 of their second round series, went off for 28 points and also collected nine boards and a pair of blocks in the Pacers’ series-tying 86-82 win in Game 2. The big man was 10-of-18 from the field and a perfect 8-for-8 in free throws; George Hill collected 14 points, while Paul George had a bit of an off night, scoring just 11 points, along with six boards, four assists and a pair of steals. Pacers starters accounted for all but 12 of the team’s points, along with just six rebounds. The scene turns now to the nation’s capitol for the next two games this weekend.
5/6/14 - It took them seven difficult games, but the East’s top seed, the Indiana Pacers, eliminated the upstarts from Atlanta from the NBA postseason. The Pacers grabbed just their fourth victory in Atlanta since 2006 in Game 6, then used big runs in the second and third quarters of Game 7 to make the series finale an anticlimactic 92-80 Indiana victory. While much was said about Paul George’s very consistent performances for the Pacers throughout the series, another key in Game 7 was the return to prominence of center Roy Hibbert. In the previous six games combined, Hibbert had scored just 20 points, but in Game 7, the big man cracked double figures with 13 points, to go along with seven rebounds and five rejections. David West was also a force on defense; 12 of his team high 13 boards were defensive, and West also had six blocked shots.
4/28/14 - Even though the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta have split their first four games, there are still some who wonder whether the Pacers can survive this unexpectedly stiff first round test. Since 2006, and including April 26’s game, the Pacers are just 3-15 in Philips Arena – so it’s a good thing the Pacers have home-court advantage once again. While Paul George is getting his job done – to the tune of three postseason games with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists; his stat line from April 26 showed 24 points, 10 boards, and five assists exactly. On the other hand, Pacers center Roy Hibbert continues to struggle, recording just 10 points and five rebounds in the two road games at Philips.
4/21/14 - This wasn’t the way the playoffs were supposed to start for the Eastern Conference’s top seed. Eighth seed Atlanta eliminated the Indiana Pacers’ home court advantage in Game 1 of their first-round series, 101-93, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – the second time in the month of April that the Hawks have come north and dominated, leading pundits to ask once again, “What is wrong with the Pacers?” Paul George led the Pacers with 24 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs, to go along with five assists, four steals and a pair of blocks. Lance Stephenson added 19 points and seven boards, and George Hill contributed 12 points, four assists and three rebounds. Centers Roy Hibbert (Pacers) and Pero Antic (Hawks) each had eight points, but Antic got the better of the duel, hitting 2-of-5 from long range, though Hibbert out-rebounded his opposite number, 8 to 7.
4/15/14 - The Indiana Pacers are walking a tightrope when it comes to securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference. After dropping a tough loss to Miami in south Florida, the Pacers bounced back to regain control of their own destiny in the East with a key 102-97 win over the West’s #2 squad, Oklahoma City. While David West led the Pacers in scoring with 21 points, it was Lance Stephenson who shone brightly for Indiana on the night, recording a triple-double of 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Paul George was also instrumental in the win, collecting a double-double of 20 points and 12 boards, and C.J. Watson pitched in with 20 points off the bench, including 4-for-7 from long range. There’s one more game left for the Pacers, in Orlando on April 16.
4/8/14 - Where have you gone, Indiana Pacers? Your nation turns their lonely eyes to you. Since the All-Star break in mid-February, the Pacers have played just .500 basketball with a 13-13 record, and are 3-7 in their last 10. In their last game, a 107-88 loss at home in Bankers Life Fieldhouse to Atlanta, the Pacers scored just 23 points in the first half; big man Roy Hibbert found himself benched with no points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocks by head coach Frank Vogel after playing just nine minutes – saying Hibbert looked “worn down” – and ultimately Vogel sat all of his usual starters for a while. Even still, Paul George led the Pacers in scoring for the game with 18, while David West scored 13 and George Hill tossed in 12. The Pacers have four games left in the regular season, including one with East leading Miami.
3/31/14 - Even though they’ve clinched the NBA’s Central Division, the Indiana Pacers are finding themselves to be struggling. The Pacers have lost four of their last five, all ther losses coming on the road; the sole win was huge, though – an 84-83 gut-check victory over their closest Eastern Conference challengers; the Miami Heat. In all four losses, the Pacer offense has struggled to score points, failing to break 80 points each time, most recently in a 90-76 loss at Cleveland. Paul George, normally a reliable scorer, was held to just 15 points for the night, along with seven rebounds and five steals; David West scored just 14 points and Lance Stephenson fell to 11 points; in addition to George’s seven boards, Stephenson and George Hill also pulled down seven rebounds. The Pacers’ lead in the overall Eastern Conference race for the top seed is down to just a single game over Miami; the two squads are tied in the loss column, while the Pacers have two more wins.
3/24/14 - The road has not been good to the Indiana Pacers the last few days. After getting blitzed by the New York Knicks on the day that Phil Jackson joined the New York club’s front office, the Pacers traveled to Memphis over the weekend, and were held to their lowsest point total of the season in an 82-71 loss to the Grizzlies. Paul George had an off night in the scoring column, with just eight points, with six rebounds, a pair of steals, an assist and a blocked shot; Lance Stephenson was the Pacers’ high scorer on the night with 15 points, accompanied by eight rebounds and four assists. The Pacers also got some bad news off the court, as recent acquisition Andrew Bynum is said to be out “indefinitely” due to soreness and swelling in his balky right knee.
3/18/14 - Finally getting off the schneid, the Indiana Pacers froke a four game losing streak in a solid way and got back to winning last week, beating Boston before a two game road trip which saw the Pacers hand Philadelphia their 20th consecutive loss, then scrambling for a third win the following night at Detroit to win 112-104 in overtime. Six Pacers exceeded double figures in scoring against Detroit, led by Paul George’s 30 and Evan Turner’s 20 off the bench. Another new acquisition, Andrew Bynum, nearly had a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds; George added eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals on the night.
3/11/14 - Is it panic time in Indy? The Pacers have dropped four straight contests, but have still become the first NBA squad to lock up a spot in the postseason. Over their last 10 games, Indiana is just 5-5, and just a game and a half ahead of surging Miami for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Three of the four losses have been to Western Conference contenders – Golden State, Houston, and most recently Dallas, who won despite just 14 points from Dirk Nowitzki. Still, Paul George had a solid outing against the Mavs, scoring 27 points and clearing 11 boards. The downfall for the Pacers against Dallas might have been the lack of production from the bench – reserves accounted for just four of the 94 points scored by the Pacers.
3/4/14 - The Indiana Pacer machine just keeps rollin’. Winners of their last five straight, including their most recent win, 94-91 over visiting Utah, the Pacers are also focusing on integrating their new acquisitions, most notably free agent Andrew Bynum and trade deadline pickup Evan Turner, into the playing rotation. Turner told the Indy Cornrows blog last week, “My teammates did a great job of getting me acclimated.” He continued, “They calmed me down a little bit and got me into the right situations.” Bynum has been getting himself into playing shape in 3-on-3 practices; head coach Frank Vogel is hopeful Bynum can play “soon,” according to Pro Basketball Talk.
2/24/14 - Despite being winners of two of three coming out of the All Star Game, the Indiana Pacers have struggled a bit with lesser teams – the post-All Star loss to West bottom feeder Minnesota, and a win over Central Division cellar dweller Milwaukee that was closer than it should have been. Paul George was his usual self against the Bucks, lighting them up for 32 points, while Lance Stephenson picked up nine rebounds and eight assists to go along with 24 points. David West also joined in with 30 points, seven boards and five assists. Another big question, posed by USA Today, was how new acquisition Evan Turner would fit in the Pacers’ rotation. The newspaper regarded the Pacers-Sixers trade as the trade deadline’s “biggest move.”
2/18/14 - It was a good night to be an Indiana Pacer All Star, as starting forward Paul George went for 18 points, five rebounds and five assists; backup center Roy Hibbert knocked down eight points and another five rebounds, and coach Frank Vogel directed the Eastern Conference All Stars to a 163-155 win in last Sunday’s game. The goal now for the Pacers as they come out of the break is to hang on to the conference’s top seed for the postseason.
2/5/14 - Weekend acquisition Andrew Bynum has to be looking around and smiling quietly to himself at landing in Indianapolis. If it’s not All Star starter Paul George, it’s another Pacer taking the reins, whether it’s Lance Stephenson, Roy Hibbert, or even David West, who took his turn as the team leader on February 4, scoring 22 points in the Pacers win over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. West contributed 10 boards to the Pacer effort as well.
1/31/14 - If there is one team in the NBA that is clearly hitting on all cylinders, it is the Indiana Pacers. Despite a recent narrow loss to the Phoenix Suns in Indianapolis – part of a season sweep of the Pacers by the Suns – the Blue and Gold remain atop the Eastern Conference standings, three games clear of the Miami Heat, and a full 12 games ahead of their nearest Central Division rival, Chicago. A pair of Pacers will be making the trip to the league’s All Star Game later this month: forward Paul George, having a career year, was selected as a starter in fan voting, and center Roy Hibbert was selected by conference coaches as a reserve.
1/10/14 – The Pacers, who lead the Central Division and the Eastern Conference with a record of 28-7, may be the only team that can keep the Miami Heat from a three-peat. We watched one of the top NBA games last month when the two Eastern Conference leaders met in Miami. Paul George showed why he is an MVP favorite, scoring 25 points to go with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward David West repeatedly gave the Heat trouble, and although Indiana did not pick up the W on the road, they did rattle Miami and prove they are not to be taken lightly. Eight days earlier, Indiana won the shoot-out at home, where they’ve been playing well compiling a 17-1 record at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Fans are getting a show each night and yet cheap Pacers tickets still remain on the market. More than half of Indiana’s remaining games are priced less than $10 to get in.
The Pacers are off to a 5-0 start with added depth thanks in part to what looks to be a breakout season for Lance Stephenson. While it’s still early in the year, Indiana is sitting on top the NBA standings as the only undefeated team in the league. Roy Hibbert is leading the charge on defense averaging 5.2 blocks per game and 9.0 rebounds. The team is 1st in the league in points given up per game at 84.4 and 4th in rebounds. Paul George’s name has come up in early MVP discussions as he’s averaging 25.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. Despite a 17 percent increase in price since the start of the season, Pacers tickets are fourth cheapest in the league, averaging $99 on the resale market.
After coming just one win short of the NBA Finals last season, the Pacers are one of the most promising young teams in the league. This offseason, the Pacers kept their core intact with the resigning of David West and improved their bench with the additions of Luis Scola, C.J. Watson, and Chris Copeland. The Pacers get their first chance for revenge against the champion Heat on 12/10 in the most expensive game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2013-14.
3/25/13 - Unlike the Miami Heat who have managed to harvest all the media attention, the Indiana Pacers have quietly climbed their way up the Eastern Conference standings. The Pacers won the season series (2-1) against the Heat and have a third straight postseason appearance secured. Indiana still has five games left at Bankers Life Fieldhouse; two of the five teams (OKC Thunder and Brooklyn Nets) have also punched their ticket to the postseason. Pacers tickets to those games are averaging $180 and $111 respectively.
2/28/13 - BOOM baby! The Indiana Pacers, who have struggled mightily to regain relevance after the retirement of long-distance sharpshooter Reggie Miller, have made great strides over the last couple of seasons, and this year are among the NBA's elite teams, standing in first place in the Central Division and second overall in the Eastern Conference behind only Miami. The Pacers are truly getting the job done through a complete team effort, as there is almost no single dominant player on the squad who is a leaguewide statistical leader. Forward Paul George could be said to be the team's leader, as he leads the squad in scoring and steals (and a leaguewide top ten in the latter), and is second in rebounding behind center Roy Hibbert. Fellow forward David West stands second on the team in scoring and third in rebounding; Hibbert is the only other Pacer who is in the NBA's top ten in any category, as he stands in the top five in blocked shots. Also providing major contributions are guards George Hill and Lance Stephenson; while bench strength comes from Tyler Hansbrough and Ian Mahinmi. Coach Frank Vogel has done a fine job of getting the most from his roster, and the basketball-mad faithful who attend games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are enjoying life back near the top of the NBA.
Pacers tickets at home in Indiana average $104, one of the ten most popular NBA tickets for upcoming basketball games in March and April of 2013. Key matchups on the Pacers schedule include the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, OKC Thunder, and Brooklyn Nets. Pacers fans will find cheap Indiana Pacers tickets on sale from under $5 in the Balcony level for home games with teams like the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves. The young Pacers have become popular on the road too, with away game tickets averaging $100. Indiana has upcoming road games versus the Bulls, Knicks, Heat, and Clippers.