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Cavs dominate Pacers, 90-76; fighting Knicks & Hawks for 8th spot in Eastern Conference playoffs

Dion Waiters gives the Cavs another scoring option (2012 photo by Erik Drost via wikipedia commons)

There was a time when everybody said the Cleveland Cavaliers could not win without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

That statement has been proven wrong as peaking Cavs have won four of the past five games without Irving.

In the meantime, other players are stepping up. Dion Waiters, Luol Deng, Jarrett Jack, Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes have chipped in to lead the young team.

On Sunday afternoon, Cleveland dominated the East’s best team, the Indiana Pacers, 90-76.

Walters scored 19 points, Deng knocked down 15 and Thompson controlled the boards with 16 rebounds to help in chasing down the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs, who are 14-12 since February 5, might be getting Irving back into action this week as they play at Orlando on Wednesday, at  Atlanta on Friday and host Charlotte on Saturday. The Hawks are injured and sputtering having lost six in a row.

Cleveland ended a nine-game losing streak to the Pacers.

Free agent forward Chris Copeland leaves Knicks to sign with Pacers

Chris Copeland with Knicks (photo by Kowarski via wikipedia commons)

The Indiana Pacers have signed free agent forward Chris Copeland to a contract.

No details were released about the length and money involved in the deal.

The 6’8, 225-pound Copeland spent the 2012-13 season with the New York Knicks where he averaged 8.7 points, 48 percent shooting from the floor and 42 percent from the 3-point line.

The 29-year-old Copeland is a 2006 product from the University of Colorado.

Heat continues to roll with 105-91 win over Indiana; 18th straight win

Mario Chalmers (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Miami Heat just keep rolling over the NBA competition with a 105-91 win over the Indiana Pacers.

The win was the Heat’s 18th in a row and is the seventh-longest winning streak in NBA history.

Mario Chalmers led the way with 26 points and Chris Bosh scored 24.

The Boston Celtics won 19 straight during the 2008-09 season;  the Heat, which now has beaten every team in the league this season.

They’ll go for #19 tonight (March 12) when it hosts the Atlanta Hawks.

 

Info compiled from NBA & Miami Heat

Pacers’ Hibbert may be tough to re-sign; 7’2 true center coveted by rival teams

 

Roy Hibbert of Pacers (2009 photo by Brent D. Payne & Lpdrew via wikipedia commons)

Georgetown product Roy Hibbert just wrapped up his fourth NBA season with the Indiana Pacers.

He had a great season. The 7-foot, 2-inch true center, played in 65 games, averaging 29.8 minutes per game, shooting .497 from the floor, .711 from the foul line, grabbed 8.8 rebounds per game, 2.0 blocked shots per game, 12.8 points per game and the Pacers made the playoffs.

The 25-year-old was drafted by the Pacers in 2008, 17th player overall. He is one of the reasons the Pacers have made the playoffs twice in the past four years.

Fans and media of the Pacers felt that head coach Frank Vogel did not use him as much as he should against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

Now the Pacers are in another off-season and decision time is on the way.

Hibbert is a restricted free agent, which means that Indiana can match any offer made to him.

Indiana, from what we hear, wants to re-sign him, but will not get into a money war for a team who will overpay for his services.

Rumors have it that Hibbert could command offers ranging from $12-15 million per season.

Hibbert has some leverage in contract negotiations due to his improving play, he is one of the few “true” centers in the NBA and he just played in his first All-Star Game.

The Pacers may not be able to keep rival teams away from taking him away.

 

Info compiled from Indiana Pacers, Radio, TV & Internet news

Big question around Indianapolis is, will Larry Bird stay on as Pacers executive?

 

Larry Bird (2004 photo by Kurt Shimala via wikipedia commons)

The yearly question amongst the Indiana Pacers fans and media around Indianapolis, is will Larry Bird stay on as the team’s president of basketball operations or step away?

However, this year, Bird was recognized as the NBA’s Executive of the Year. An honor well deserved and recognized by his fellow NBA executives and the media.

Bird takes great pride in reviving the Pacers. After all, he is an Indiana native.

Every year, Bird always says he won’t make a decision until he has his final meeting of the season with owner Herb Simon.

Simon, chairman of the shopping mall developer, Simon Property Group, has said yearly that he is pleased with the work Bird has done to improve the Pacers. This year, they were the fifth-best team in the NBA and are one of the best young teams.

They just took the Miami Heat to 6 games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

One thing is for sure, Bird is not working for the Pacers for the money. He probably has more in the bank from his playing days and from his NBA pension. After all, he took a pay cut to return this season.

 

Info compiled from Indiana Pacers, Radio & TV news

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