Colts talk is the prominent feature for this week’s show. Matt Taylor from the Colts Vectren Radio Network joins me leading up the team’s trip out west to take on San Francisco. We will also touch on some college football and a quick second on the Pacers. Tune in and let me know your thoughts on Twitter @thadvandeventer and @IndySportsCrew.
Archive for Pacers
This week’s podcast covers a lot of different topics. We begin our four part series previewing each FBS college football team in the state with Ball State by talking with their head coach Pete Lembo. Also on the docket is talk about the Pacers-Suns trade, the International Champions Cup soccer match in Indy, and a rapid fire segment over A-Rod and Johnny Football.
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This week I recap the big stories of the summer. Brad Stevens moving to Butler and where Butler goes now. The Pacers push the Heat to Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Indy 500 and Indiana baseball were also big news makers. Listen in and voice your opinions by tweeting me @thadvandeventer, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or Facebook IndySportsCrew. Also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
Can Pacers Bounce Back in Game 2?
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals was a great one. An overtime thriller that was decided by a buzzer-beater. Unfortunately for the Indiana Pacers, this game did not finish in their favor. After dictating the tempo and style of play and holding a one point lead with just 2.2 seconds remaining, LeBron James received the inbound pass and went uncontested to the basket. Laying it in at the horn giving the Heat a 1-0 series lead and putting major doubt in the Pacers chances.
Now you have to look forward to Game 2 tomorrow. The Pacers had a chance to steal a game on the road against a team that has lost 4 times in the last 4 months. Most people will look at this game as their one chance to win in Miami. Their one chance to put the Heat on notice. However, I believe the Pacers will bounce back in Game 2. Not only will they bounce back. They will win.
As most of the national media will focus on James’ game winner, the Pacers are focused on winning the series. Game 1 was definitely an opportunity the Pacers would like back. As you look closer though, Indiana has to feel good about what took place regardless of the loss. The Pacers turned the ball over 20 times. They were out rebounded by 2. They allowed 60 points in the paint. The Heat had five players in double figures including 16 points from Chris Andersen on 7-7 shooting.
In reality it took an excellent game from the Heat to beat Indiana. Turnovers were viewed as a major area of importance going into the series. It was Wednesday. Indiana will need to take care of the ball and it will be tough to have as many struggles in back to back games. With their size advantage, it will be tough for Miami to consistently out rebound them and get to the rim to score. Plus there are the wild cards in Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers. Andersen will not be expected to deliver that offensive punch again. Chalmers suffered a shoulder injury and his health could be a factor.
Indiana needs to tighten their play up, but cannot be discouraged by the outcome of Game 1. They played well enough to win. Their young team will put this behind them just as they did in Games 3 and 6 against New York. The Pacers have shown in their first two playoff series that they have done well in making adjustments. They will do it once again and steal home court advantage in the process.
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Chris Denari, the television voice of the Indiana Pacers, joins me to preview the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers will take on the Miami Heat in Game 1 tomorrow night. We discuss match ups and what area may be the biggest difference maker. Plus how Larry Bird may be feeling about this team now. Follow me on Twitter @thadvandeventer and follow Chris @ChrisDenari.
Do you remember the questions after the Pacers acquired Roy Hibbert back in July 2008? Do you remember his rise to an All-Star level last season, but the questions that followed when the Pacers signed him to a max contract? Do you remember his struggles the first half of this season? There have been many questions about Hibbert, but it has become obvious that how Hibbert goes so goes the Pacers playoff run.
Hibbert is the barometer for this Indiana team. When he plays as well as he did in Game 3 versus the Knicks, the Pacers play well. Hibbert poured in 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win giving Indiana a 2-1 series lead.
The larger impact of what Hibbert gives Indiana is just his shear size and strength. This may seem simplistic, but as you look across the NBA landscape, especially the Eastern Conference, Hibbert gives the Pacers an asset very few other teams have- a legitimate BIG man. This is an advantage both offensively and defensively.
Roy is a mismatch down on the block posting up. He can use both hands to score around the rim and can step out to knock down a fifteen foot jumper. His defense may be even more important. The way he protects the rim is a strong back line of the defense for a defensive minded team. At 7’2″ with a monster wingspan, he makes finishing in the lane difficult.
This weapon is what gives Indiana a chance to make a deep run. Dominating on the glass and making it tough on the opposition to score is the M.O. Hibbert is the anchor. No team in the East has the same abilities at this position.
Even with all of the questions he has faced, namely the max contract given to him last summer, Hibbert gives the team their best chance of winning big. Getting ready for Game 4 versus New York and the chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead the Pacers will lean on Big Roy. Can he rise to the occasion again? Will he continue to control the paint making it tough for Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith to get to the rim? These are the questions people are asking now. This is why the Pacers acquired him and stuck with him. This is why they have a chance to advance. This Roy Story is still writing itself and Indiana hopes it will have a story book ending.
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Pacers-Knicks Game 3 Preview
Finally the Pacers-Knicks Eastern Conference Semifinal series will resume Saturday night. The teams are even winning one game a piece. With the next two games in Indianapolis, here are my keys to Game 3 for the Pacers.
Derek Schultz, the co-host of Query & Schultz on Sports Radio 1260 WNDE, joins me this week to talk Pacers-Knicks. The Pacers earned a split in the first two games at MSG, but got blindsided by a late 30-2 run in game two on the way to a 26 point defeat. We take a look back and forward to the much anticipated Game 3 in Indianapolis Saturday night. Follow me on Twitter @thadvandeventer and follow Derek @Schultz1260.
Quick Reaction: Pacers Take Game One
Indiana Beats New York 102-95
The Pacers went to Madison Square Garden on a mission. The quick turnaround from Atlanta seemed to set their workman-like attitude. Indiana outplayed and was much more physical than the Knicks.
Indiana never trailed in the second half. They even stretched their lead to as large as sixteen to close out the third quarter. The Pacers took the lead and control of the game by dominating the interior. They out rebounded NY by fourteen and held the lead in paint points 46-32. Roy Hibbert protected the rim superbly. Keeping Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith off balance when they drove the lane.
The two biggest surprises for the blue and gold came from Lance Stephenson and D.J. Augustin. Stephenson, the Brooklyn native, went for a career high thirteen rebounds. He finished with a double-double by chipping in eleven points. The Pacers bench has been a major question mark for the entire season. Augustin answered the bell today dropping in sixteen points. He was 5-6 from the field and 4-5 beyond the arc.
Augustin’s production combined with all five starters being in double figures supplied the offense. Hibbert’s presence along with the return of Indiana’s defensive prowess was the combination they needed. The Pacers put together a complete game to take game one. Game two now becomes a big swing game before the teams head to Indianapolis.
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The Pacers lead the Hawks three games to two in their first round series. Now they head back to Atlanta for game six Friday night. I give you my thoughts on game six and who the difference makers will be. Follow me on Twitter @thadvandeventer.