Paul George had 37 points and six steals to help the Indiana Pacers erase a nine point halftime deficit, but did their win do anything more than delay the inevitable for 48 hours?Follow paulmbanks
The Indiana Pacers announced that Paul George is convalescing and will play Saturday versus the Miami Heat in game three. Yes, game three of the series that absolutely every single one of us already knows the outcome of. Hey, at least they (I’m not actually sure who the “they” are any more at this point) are trying to make this series at least not appear fixed and pre-determined.
At times, the Eastern Conference Finals appears on the up-and-up.Follow paulmbanks
This series is like the movie “Open Water,” there’s no one to root for. In that flick, I actually rooted for the man-eating sharks. Indiana Pacers versus Miami Heat; the most tired and predictable Eastern Conference Finals in NBA history. Like a mindless Michael Bay blockbuster, you already know the outcome, but you’ll tune in just to see how the specifics of the outcome unfurl.
You want to see what weapons the action hero uses, or how he escapes from certain death to blow up the villain in the end. But you know who the league wants to win this thing. You know who the broadcaster of the series wants to win. So it’s only matter of do the powers that be let the Indiana Pacers hang around for five games? Six?Follow paulmbanks
Paul George and the Indiana Pacers may have assured themselves a dubious place among the worst #1 seeds in NBA history. The Last time I saw a team this lifeless and apathetic playing at Conseco Fieldhouse…was only 6 weeks ago actually: the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Tourney.
Pacers playoff tickets for game two went for only $7.20 in the secondary market, and the way Indiana played the first half tonight, that’s WAY OVERPRICED.
Paul George and company did make a furious comeback late, making the final score a bit more respectable, but they’re still down 3-2 in the series, just one game from elimination at the hands of an Atlanta Hawks team that finished the regular season 38-44. The Pacers lack of effort in this one angered the crowd.Follow paulmbanks
You might want to root for the Indiana Pacers this season, if only to see some variety from last year. Especially if you’re an “anyone but the Miami Heat” person. Like the story of last fall: Johnny Manziel vs. the NCAA vs. the creepy autograph seekers, there’s no one to root for in a Heat-San Antonio Spurs rematch.
America doesn’t need to see that again. The Indiana Pacers are the biggest roadblock for the The Big Three in the East. Indiana got off to an amazingly hot start out of the gates; it was blistering. They haven’t been the same team since the Evan Turner trade, and declined. Despite the regression, the Indiana Pacers still grabbed the #1 seed in the East.Follow paulmbanks
Roy Hibbert and his Indiana Pacers are the #1 seed in the NBA Eastern Conference. They are as much a favorite as any other team in regards to winning it all. Before the postseason began Roy Hibbert had some questions posed by Pete Holmes in the latest interview from “The Pete Holmes Show.”
In the piece, the All-Star big man talks about height slams, works on some new signature moves and shares stories about his friend Chelsea Peretti from “Brooklyn 99.”Follow paulmbanks
The ESPN 30 for 30 series (along with Grantland, Outside the Lines, Nate Silver, Jay Bilas and a couple other programs/personalities) comprises what grown-ups and intellectuals go for when consuming the World Wide Leader.
If you’re under 14, or your intellectual development is, then by all means enjoy all the SportsCenter, NFL Primetime, Baseball Tonight, Numbers Never Lie, First Take, Around the Horn, Skip Bayless, Chris Berman, Jemele Hill, Ray Lewis, Darren Rovell, Stephen A. Smith rubbish that you wish. While you’re at the kiddie table, we’ll debate the best ESPN 30 for 30 films of all time.
And it’s highly debatable, as there’s so many great documentaries to choose from. Near impossible to limit this list to just ten. Here’s the ESPN 30 for 30 episode list Click the titles where highlighted for more on each one.Follow paulmbanks
Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker. Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft? It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.
Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.
So without further ado, here is our 2014 NBA mock draft.Follow paulmbanks
Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.Follow paulmbanks
Carmelo Anthony this. Carmelo Anthony that.
What about Lance Stephenson? Which player’s addition is more realistic? Would Lance Stephenson help the Bulls reemerge as championship contenders?
Much will hinge on the health of star point guard Derrick Rose, who’s been limited to ten games the past two seasons. But a healthy Rose, assuming he returns to MVP fashion, will not be enough. But the Bulls need more.Follow paulmbanks