Sprung: Why can’t the Pacers beat the Heat?

James

We waited all season for an Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. Yet when the time came for the two talented teams to finally meet in late May, only Miami showed up.Indiana finds itself down three games to one, and more blame is being passed around than a Benghazi hearing on Capitol Hill. A lot of that blame is being placed on the referees, an easy target since Miami took twice as many free throws

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SH Blog: Can Scott Brooks tweak the Thunder past the Spurs? Why the Pacers can’t top the Heat

The NBA conference finals normally bring out the best that the game of basketball has to offer. More often than not, the four best teams remain, and if we’re lucky, the best players on the planet. We are treated to some combination of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu and Paul George every night. These players give us performances to praise night in and night out. And sometimes they don’t. And it’s when they don’t that we

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PODCAST: Free Agency and the LeBron equation; the Gordon Hayward factor; and more on David Blatt

Man Listening to Radio

Nobody in America is going to bat quite as hard for David Blatt as myself and my staff. An open letter to Phil Jackson was part of our push, and in this interview on 1280TheZone in Salt Lake City the subject came up again. Now, I do not know if the Jazz have interviewed or plan to interview Blatt. But I would bet the mortgage that Kevin O’Connor and Dennis Lindsay of the Jazz front office know who he is, and as

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Photo of the Day- The moment Paul George got his concussion

George Concussion

It was the moment of impact that could affect the entire Eastern Conference Finals between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat. Paul George took an inadvertent knee to the head from Dwyane Wade, but he was able to stay in the game for the duration of Game 2, won by Miami. Then the Thursday afternoon press release. George said he blacked out during the play and the Pacers medical staff is treating George as if he had suffered a concussion, which

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SH Blog: Barkley rips Heat fans and gets into it with Spurs fan, Popovich explains what he looks for in a player

Mike Dunleavy

With the NBA season over for all but four teams, most around the league are thinking about what to do heading into next season. Naturally, everything starts from the top, and that means the search for quality coaches is on. The Golden State Warriors moved quickly and acquired Steve Kerr on a multi-year deal, while the Detroit Pistons scooped up the much-coveted Stan Van Gundy. There are still plenty of teams around the league looking to fill the vacancy of the

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Paul George Has Concussion, Must Complete NBA Protocol

Paul george

Paul George has a concussion and cannot play again until cleared by the NBA’s protocol. Indiana’s best all-around player, George took a knee to the head from Miami’s Dwyane Wade in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s Game 2 loss. According to the Pacers, he showed no signs of a concussion when he was examined by the team’s medical staff immediately after the play. George was aware of his surroundings and told the staff he felt no dizziness, nausea or vision issues. However,

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From Feverish To Faint: The Atlanta Hawks Home Playoff Experience

On Thursday night, Philips Arena opened its doors for the Atlanta Hawks first home playoff game of the 2014 NBA postseason. After having stolen home court advantage, the air in Atlanta was heavy, of course it was humid—welcome to Georgia, but it was heavy with hope and expectation. All week long, ever since the Hawks 101-93 Game 1 road victory in Indiana on Saturday, the talk among locals has been upset. Not just a game; the series. The team’s confidence only served to

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