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Hibbert Was Referring To Stephenson In 'Selfish Dudes' Comment

Roy Hibbert's comment in late March about "some selfish dudes in here" was a reference to Lance Stephenson, according to sources.

Stephenson has had a vastly improved season and is one of Larry Bird's favorite players on the roster, but he has also had confrontations with George Hill and Evan Turner.

Hill and Stephenson had to be separated on the Pacers' bench during a March 31 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Turner and Stephenson had a fightfight during practice on the eve of the playoffs.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Frank Vogel 'Coaching For His Job' In Playoffs

Frank Vogel is "coaching for his job" despite a 56-win season, according to sources.

The Indiana Pacers began the season with a 40-11 record, but went just 16-15 during the rest of the season.

Larry Bird will ultimately make the decision about Vogel at season's end.

During the last week of the regular season, though, Bird told local ABC affiliate WRTV-6 that "I back Frank 100 percent."

Vogel received a two-year extension during the 12-13 season that keeps him under contract through 14-15.

Chris Broussard reports that the Pacers have missed the locker room presence of Brian Shaw, who often played the role of "bad cop" to keep the locker room from imploding.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Stephenson, Turner Had Practice Fistfight Before Playoffs

Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner allegedly had a practice-floor fistfight before the start of the playoffs.

Confrontations between teammates occur somewhat frequently in the NBA and it is not a surprising event for the Indiana Pacers given their second half struggles.

"This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," one witness told Yahoo Sports.

Stephenson and Turner have struggled on the floor since the deadline trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests. 

Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.

Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.

Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.

CLICK HERE to listen or download.

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Andrew Bynum Ruled Out Of Pacers' First Round Series

Andrew Bynum will sit out the Indiana Pacers' first round series against the Atlanta Hawks, which begins on Saturday.

Frank Vogel said the longer the Pacers last in the playoffs, the more odds increase for Bynum to rejoin the team on the court. Bynum has dealt with continued knee issues.

Bynum has played two games since signing with the Pacers, averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 18 minutes.

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

Click here for the full list.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pacers Clinch No. 1 Seed In Eastern Conference

The Indiana Pacers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference on Monday.

The Pacers are 55-26 and solidified the top seed in the East playoffs after the Miami Heat's loss to the Washington Wizards.

Indiana will face the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the postseason.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Heat Turned Down Evan Turner For Haslem Offer From 76ers

The Miami Heat were offered Evan Turner in a trade by the Philadelphia 76ers ahead of the deadline with Udonis Haslem being the only significant piece they would have had to send in return.

The Heat didn't make the trade, at least in part because they didn't like how it would look to deal one of the club's longest tenured players.

The Indiana Pacers, however, traded Danny Granger to the 76ers for Turner.

Haslem has twice given up in excess of $10 million to remain with the Heat.

Via Dan Le Batard/Miami Herald

Pacers To Sit Entire Starting Lineup Against Bucks

The Indiana Pacers will sit all five starters in Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Paul George, Roy Hibbert, David West, George Hill and Lance Stephenson will sit, while Evan Turner, Rasual Butler, Luis Scola, Donald Sloan and Ian Mahinmi will start.

"We want to try to get the starters on track by getting their legs back under them," said Frank Vogel.

The Pacers will have their starters practice on Thursday and play on Friday against the Miami Heat.

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Frank Vogel Believes Pacers' Starting Lineup 'Looks Worn Down'

Frank Vogel addressed the Indiana Pacers' poor performance after a 107-88 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Roy Hibbert was benched for the entire second half after playing over nine minutes in the first half.

"Our whole starting five looks worn down to me," Vogel told reporters. "We've gotta figure out rest versus rhythm. [Hibbert] looks to me to be worn down. He’s a 7-2 center who has played every game."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Indiana Pacers Archives

Oddsmakers Expect Heat To Secure Top Seed In East

The Pacers are 6-10 over their past 16 games to open the door for the Heat.

George: 'Fake' Catfish Scheme Serves As Motivation

Paul George denied a reported Catfish scheme in which revealing pictures of him appeared on gossip websites over the weekend.

Pacers Have 1-4 Record Since ASG Against Teams With Winning Record

The Pacers have a net rating of -8.9 points in those games.

Andrew Bynum Out Indefinitely With Soreness, Swelling In Knee

Andrew Bynum is out indefinitely with soreness and swelling in his right knee.

Andrew Bynum Undergoes MRI For Swelling In Knees

The Pacers expect to know more about Andrew Bynum's status in the coming days.

Andrew Bynum To Make Debut With Pacers Tuesday

Andrew Bynum has been training to elevate his conditioning.

Hibbert: We've Been Playing Awful

The Pacers lost to the Rockets by a final score of 112-86 on national television.

Pacers Didn't Discuss Luol Deng Trade With Cavs At Deadline

The Cavaliers reportedly were looking to move Luol Deng for a first round pick.

Bynum Still ‘Weeks Away,' Pacers View Him As Hibbert Clone

The Pacers weren’t scared off by Andrew Bynum’s extensive medical history, but have been very careful with his health.

George Hill Undergoes MRI On Shoulder, Will Sit Against Celtics

George Hill aggravated a left shoulder that originated last season.

Andrew Bynum Improving Conditioning To Play Consistently

Andrew Bynum practiced three-on-three with the Pacers this week.

Orlando Johnson Waived By Pacers

The Pacers acquired Orlando Johnson in a draft day trade in 2012.

Granger 'Pissed' When Told Of Trade, Could Sign With Heat Or Spurs

Danny Granger had spent his entire career with the Pacers' organization.

Pacers Acquire Evan Turner From 76ers For Danny Granger

Evan Turner will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Mavericks, Pistons, Pacers Discuss Luol Deng Trade With Cavaliers

Luol Deng is determined to test free agency before making a decision on whether to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

Paul, West Began Talking About Leaving New Orleans After Chandler Trade

Chris Paul embraced New Orleans, but the franchise was in turmoil for much of his tenure.

Pacers, Wizards Actively Shopping Expiring Contracts Of Granger, Ariza

Expiring contracts do not have nearly the same level of value they have in the past.

Andrew Bynum Expected To Make Pacers' Debut After ASG

Andrew Bynum hasn't played since Dec. 26 when he was suspended by the Cavaliers.

Pacers Assign Orlando Johnson To D-League

This is Orlando Johnson’s first D-League assignment this season.

George, Wall, Ross, Lillard, McLemore, Barnes In Dunk Contest

Paul George, John Wall, Terrence Ross, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes and Ben McLemore are confirmed for this year's Slam Dunk Contest.
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