Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

Indiana’s not interested in improving their roster through trade, thanks

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The Pacers aren’t bad this year. They’re 5-6, Roy Hibbert looks better every day, the young talent is meshing and things are looking up. With a solid trade the Pacers could make a significant move forward. Not that there are a lot of possibilities for such a trade, but don’t be expecting one anyway. From the Hoopsworld:

“We like our team right now,” Morway said before his team’s tough home loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. “We like the combination next year of our young players and our veteran players. We like the chemistry in our locker room and what we’re building here, so we’re not actively pursuing any trades right now.”

That doesn’t mean, however, that Morway and team president Larry Bird have shut their ears to offers from other teams—just that when it comes to rebuilding, this team feels like it’s close, and the guys in charge don’t want to do anything rash to mess that up.

“We feel like we’re getting closer. We certainly think we have taken some big steps and are now in a position where we’ve got a young core of players that we can move forward with. We’re going to have a lot of flexibility to add to the basketball team, so we think we’re in a very good position.”

Makes sense. You want to see how your guys come together. You’ve got time before the trade deadline in case things fall apart, or if you get much better and want to try and make a move. Better to not do anything rash.

The question is what you’re specifically trying to accomplish. You’ve got to set hard boundaries and not just go with “Let’s see how this goes.” Whether it’s Roy Hibbert, Brandon Rush, and A.J. Price coming along, or a number of wins or efficiency marks, you’ve got to have some parameters to keep yourself from just drifting in the wind. And, as they say in the article, keep your options open if someone comes calling.

 

Gordon Hayward beats buzzer, Mavericks (video)

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Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.

Gordon Hayward took it from there.

This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*

*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang

Rodney Hood sends Jazz-Mavericks to OT (video)

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Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.

Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.

Avery Bradley fouls Khris Middleton, who makes game-winning free throw (video)

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The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.

But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.

Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.

Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.

Gregg Popovich shakes head at New Hampshire primary results during in-game interview (video)

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Par for the course, Gregg Popovich gave curt answers to end his in-game interview quickly.

But David Aldridge tempted the Spurs coach, asking whether he wanted New Hampshire primary results. Popovich walked back to hear the answer.

Told Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won, Popovich shook his head.

Was that disapproval for the Democratic or Republican candidate – or both?