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    While clearly the Pacers significantly improved once Myles Turner returned, a lot of the success is being credited to the dynamic Haliburton...

    November 26th, 2022 at 8:48pm CST by Arthur Hill

    The Pacers were expected to be one of the NBA’s worst teams before the season began, but they’re fourth in the East after 18 games, writes Dustin Dopirak of The Indianapolis Star. The turnaround that led to the 11-7 start began in February with a trade that brought Tyrese Haliburton from the Kings. The electrifying 22-year-old guard quickly took charge of his new team. “He immediately saw the opportunity to be the leader of a franchise,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He never looked at if it was just his thing just by virtue of being here. He knew he had to do the right things, put the work in, not skip steps. He’s done everything we could have asked. … Haliburton has been a godsend for this franchise.”

    Haliburton is putting up numbers that should have him in contention for an All-Star berth with 19.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and a league-leading 11.1 assists per game. He’s creating good shots for his teammates, and he’s running the show with a relaxed demeanor that keeps everyone at ease. “There’s a lot of authentic people in this room,” Haliburton said. “And a lot of people who feel like we have something to prove. We don’t come with a lot of egos. We’re a lot of young guys who feel like we have a lot to prove to ourselves and others and understanding the best way for us to prove anything is to win. And obviously guys have a chip on our shoulder. Every major writer in America, it feels like, put us 15th in the East and 30th in the NBA.”
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    Another wife who thinks she should be a voice on social media....

    November 26th, 2022 at 7:32pm CST by Arthur Hill

    Gordon Hayward‘s wife has accused the Hornets of failing to protect injured players, writes Bryan Fonseca of The New York Post. Robyn Hayward criticized the franchise via her Instagram account. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Friday night that Gordon Hayward has suffered a fracture in his left shoulder that will keep him out indefinitely. Robyn Hayward pointed out that the team called it a left shoulder contusion, which isn’t nearly as serious. “He actually has a fractured scapula… that they had him play with last game… that’s why he couldn’t move his arm up in the last game,” she wrote. “… Everyone who knows Gordon knows he has one goal and that’s to win and play the right way, he’s the most truthful player/person you’d find. If he’s not going to play it’s for something more than a bruise.”

    Robyn promised to “stop there and not get into prior things,” but she shared the story of another Hornets player who had a similar experience. “I’m over them not protecting players. Just was talking with a young player’s mom, and she was saying the same thing,” she added. Injuries have been a recurring problem for Hayward since he suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in 2017. He played 44 and 49 games in his first two seasons with Charlotte after being acquired in a trade and has appeared in 11 so far this season. He’s making a little more than $30MM this year and has one season left on his contract at $31.5MM.


    I can't blame her. Her husband's pulling in $30M per season. She wants to see that continue and she knows as well as anyone that it won't if he's having major injuries. Her Sugar Daddy is losing his sweetness.
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    There was a rumored chance that Fultz would make his debut yesterday against the Sixers (they got blitzed by 30). But, even in the blowout loss, he wasn't given an opportunity to enter the game. I assume they didn't activate him.

    Well, he's not in the starting lineup tonight against the Nets. They are paying Fultz $16.5M this season. Next season's contract of $17M is not gauranteed (he gets $2M if let go). ORL needs to see what they have in Fultz. They can't keep paying this guy to sit in street clothes every game.

    ORL is still waiting on Cole Anthony to return.

    I would think that Fultz has to be nothing less than impressive for ORL to gaurantee next year's contract. With his injury history, the gamble of paying another $17M for someone with his bad history isn't worth it to me, unless Fultz demonstrates that he has All-Star potential in him. Of course, how effective he works with Banchero means everything.
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    Hawks have all of their injured players playing tonight. They looked strong in the 1st Quarter. We'll see if they can all last through four Quarters, especially with P J Tucker doing what he can physically against them. Embiid should make a lot more than his 4 Attempts at the Free Throw line he's had in his 12 minutes.
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    That was an awful long time. Landry Shamet missed seven games while in the Concussion Protocol. He returned for 15 minutes in that 1-pt win at home over the Jazz Saturday.
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    Embiid with the clutch bucket to give the Sixers the lead by one with 18 seconds left!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingspoint View Post
    Embiid with the clutch bucket to give the Sixers the lead by one with 18 seconds left!
    He gets the Defensive Rebound on the other end and then calmly knocks down two free throws with 4 seconds left to give them a lead of three.

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    With Embiid back, the 76ers win again. 4 out of 5
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    Yes! What a finish by the Pacers!!!

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    He gets the Defensive Rebound on the other end and then calmly knocks down two free throws with 4 seconds left to give them a lead of three.

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    Should have said he snatched the alley-oop out of the air and said, "Give me that!"
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    A. D. was phenomenal tonight, btw. He's been tremendous, as others have mentioned, lately.

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    Mathurin proved himself in front of LeBron tonight.

    Buddy Hield melted away for the 2nd night in a row. Lakers may not want him. Try to make a trade just for Turner and let them keep Hield.
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    With Embiid back, the 76ers win again. 4 out of 5
    Pretty impressive they're putting together this run without Harden or Maxey. Tobias Harris suddenly can play basketball again.

    Elsewhere:

    - Rudy Gobert apparently doesn't phase Kristaps Porzingis much as the Unicorn dropped 41 en route to to a 142-127 win.
    - Last game Tatum sat. Tonight Brown sits. Doesn't matter, Celtics keep crushing everyone.
    - KD is starting to get frisky. He scored 45 tonight, though it's not like the Magic who's playing defense.
    - Toronto held Cleveland to 88. I don't think anyone enjoys seeing the Raptors on the schedule.
    - SGA is 50-144 from the floor over his last six games. Seems like he's bored and just chucking up shots because his team is helpless.
    - Jokic went 32-12-8 in 27 minutes vs. the Rockets. Jamal Murray scored 31 in 25 minutes. Pure practice game.
    - The answer to Kingspoint's earlier query is the Bulls' next win would be against Utah, tonight.
    - I get the distinct impression tonight's Suns-Kings game was fantastic.
    - Andrew Nembhard plunged a dagger into the Lakers tonight (though Tyrese Haliburton deserves credit for the hustle rebound, drawing the entire Laker defense to him and then finding Nembhard with the pass).
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    Pretty impressive they're putting together this run without Harden or Maxey. Tobias Harris suddenly can play basketball again.

    Elsewhere:

    - Rudy Gobert apparently doesn't phase Kristaps Porzingis much as the Unicorn dropped 41 en route to to a 142-127 win.
    - Last game Tatum sat. Tonight Brown sits. Doesn't matter, Celtics keep crushing everyone.
    - KD is starting to get frisky. He scored 45 tonight, though it's not like the Magic who's playing defense.
    - Toronto held Cleveland to 88. I don't think anyone enjoys seeing the Raptors on the schedule.
    - SGA is 50-144 from the floor over his last six games. Seems like he's bored and just chucking up shots because his team is helpless.
    - Jokic went 32-12-8 in 27 minutes vs. the Rockets. Jamal Murray scored 31 in 25 minutes. Pure practice game.
    - The answer to Kingspoint's earlier query is the Bulls' next win would be against Utah, tonight.
    - I get the distinct impression tonight's Suns-Kings game was fantastic.
    - Andrew Nembhard plunged a dagger into the Lakers tonight (though Tyrese Haliburton deserves credit for the hustle rebound, drawing the entire Laker defense to him and then finding Nembhard with the pass).
    On a night where Nebhard wasn't playing that well, he was nails when it mattered. That speaks volumes. And, yes, it was Haliburton grabbing the tipped-out pass and scrambling (he traveled, but who cares) around until he found the right shooter....just in time.

    It won't show up in the boxscore, traditionally anyways, but Jalen Smith was tremendous tonight. Whenever a play needed to be made to shift momentum back to the Pacers or to keep the Lakers from getting into a rhythm, Jalen Smith (and Haliburton, too) came up with a play to make something positive happen. In his 24 minutes, he was a team-best +12. That +/- doesn't mean a lot on a particular night, necessarily, but in this case, it matched the performance. When he was on the floor, no matter who his teammates were or who the opponents were, the Pacers were outplaying the Lakers.


    That Chicago game was interesting as Marrkanen (did I spell it right, or should I just refer to him as Marrksman from now on?), who was questionable and looked like he might miss his first game of the season, instead, not only played, but started out on fire with four or five "3"'s in the 1st Half. Chicago withstood the assault and patiently outplayed the Jazz for their first win in Utah since 2015.
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