Indiana Pacers Injury Power Rankings

The Indiana Pacers are 41-30, fourth in the Eastern Conference, a magic number of three away from clinching a playoff spot, and just five wins (with 11 games left) away from posting the team’s best record since 2013-14, the last time they made the Eastern Conference Finals. Indeed, if the team stays healthy, it’s not out of the question that the team could once again make the ECF; Cleveland is vulnerable with nothing in the way of depth or chemistry behind LeBron James, and Boston’s ongoing problems with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford battling nagging injuries and Gordon Hayward lost …

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Breakfast Special: In Which Gregg Popovich Owns Steve Kerr Again

The San Antonio Spurs, left for dead just last week, have turned things around in a big way, and their fourth straight win just came at the expense of the Golden State Warriors. Even crazier, the Spurs held Golden State to just 75 points in a downright collegiate 89-75 slog of a game. Well, maybe “slog” isn’t the right word—the game was played at a 94.1 estimated pace, after all, slow by today’s NBA standards but a breakneck pace by the standards (86 possessions per 48 minutes, due mainly to the 30-second shot clock) of the college game. Anyway, point …

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Breakfast Special: A Glorious Day Without Tanking

Hey you. Reader. Did you spend Sunday watching college basketball, trying to fool yourself into believing that it’s better than the pros and a more pure form of the sport and whatever other trash we dredge up before a team that I legit confused with Maryland-Eastern Shore but was actually Maryland-Baltimore County busted everyone’s bracket like for real we didn’t even get past Friday before every single entry in every single bracket tournament was, like that jackpot in the Powerball a couple of years ago that rolled up to $1.4 billion because everyone played when it was $900 million and …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron’s Lue-sing Cause

So, this was a thing that happened between LeBron James and Tyronn Lue… oh shittt LeBron FED UP with Ty Lue pic.twitter.com/nYYPlRCFHr — Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) March 16, 2018 The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-105 Thursday night while the rest of the world was watching college ball. Despite a 15-of-25 night from James in which he scored 35 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and murdered Jusuf Nurkic in cold blood… Lebron James poster dunk on Nurkic pic.twitter.com/tfD3O1z2Tu — Jacari McRae (@JMcRae23) March 16, 2018 C.J. McCollum had 29 for the Blazers on 12-of-24, while Damian Lillard shot just …

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Khris Middleton: Is He Any Good?

The Milwaukee Bucks have been in free fall since just before the All-Star Game. The team has lost 8 out of their last 12, their lone double-digit win in that span a win over the hapless and tanking Orlando Magic. Their point differential is down to minus-0.3 on the season, they’ve fallen to seventh in the East just above the equally anemic Heat, and they look an awful lot like they’re simply going to bow out in five games against the likes of Toronto or Boston come playoff time. Against the backdrop of this underachievement is a team with a …

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Breakfast Special: Wizards 125, Red Claws 124

Just a day before the Ides of March, the Wizards were Julius Caesar and the Celtics’ B-unit were the Roman Senators…and unlike Caesar, the Wiz escaped with their lives, though they nearly lost the kind of game that even a lottery team wouldn’t lose. The Wiz won 125-124 despite the Celtics not having Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis, Marcus Smart, and the gone-for-the-season Gordon Hayward. Bradley Beal played 47 of the 58 minutes of the double-overtime game, scoring 34 points on 14-of-27 and leading a DC Family that managed to lose the field goal percentage battle (Boston …

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Andrew Wiggins Is Killing the Timberwolves

Andrew Wiggins is reportedly angry about his role in Minnesota’s offense, playing third fiddle behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler in Tom Thibodeau’s surprisingly successful (40-29 and the six seed in the West through games of March 13) scheme. According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP, Wiggins has been whispering to teammates, a carcinoma in situ for the Wolves’ clubhouse that could metastasize into a full-blown clubhouse cancer if something is not done. So something should be done. Surgery. The Minnesota Timberwolves need to trade or release Andrew Wiggins, because he sucks. Earlier this season, we examined just how bad Wiggins …

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Breakfast Special: Russell Westbrook’s Triple-Digit Triple-Doubles

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder are well on their way to topping last year’s 47-35 record, sitting fourth in the West at 41-29, three back in the loss column from Portland with 12 games to go. Westbrook just notched his 100th triple-double of his career, scoring 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, dishing 12 assists, and hauling in 12 boards in the Thunder’s 119-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night. Oklahoma City hit 16-of-35 from three-point land, 45.7 percent, turning the ball over just seven times. But a win over a tanking team doesn’t make much entertainment. Triple …

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The Pacers’ Tough Schedule Is Their Best Hope

Tuesday night, the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers on the road 101-98, doing this despite the referee crew being composed of Rocky Balboa, Benjamin Franklin, and the Phillie Phanatic. This follows a win Sunday night in Boston that brings the Pacers’ record against current would-be Eastern Conference playoff teams to 13-9. They are 17-7 against non-playoff teams in the East; those splits in the West are 2-9 for playoff teams and 8-3 for non-playoff teams. The Pacers also have a brutal schedule remaining; they play nine of their remaining 14 games against current playoff teams, including two against the …

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Breakfast Special: Panic Time in San Antonio

It wasn’t long ago that the San Antonio Spurs were the solid third seed in the Western Conference, a team that even without Kawhi Leonard looked like they were well on their way to a 19th straight 50-win season. As of this writing, the Spurs are no longer a playoff team. The Rockets, behind 28 points on 6-of-17 shooting from James Harden (yes, really; he was 14-of-14 from the line), beat San Antonio 109-93 to take their 19th win in their last 20 games. Houston has a reputation, and a deserved one, for living and dying by the three-pointer, and …

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