Indiana Pacers Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Indiana Pacers kick off their 2014-2015 NBA on Wednesday, October 29 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The first road game of the season will come that following Saturday, November 1, as they square off against the Atlanta Hawks, the team that took them to the brink of elimination in a seven-game series in last year's NBA playoffs. On November 26, the Pacers travel to San Antonio to play the Spurs, the defending NBA champs, with a mainly unchanged roster. Just three days later, the Pacers will face a legitimate Eastern Conference contender in the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will occur on November 29, in Cleveland, with LeBron James back at the helm of his original squad. On New Year's Eve, the Pacers will face the post-LBJ Miami Heat. The game will occur at home and has the potential for playoff implications in the months ahead. Towards the close of March, the Pacers go on a back-to-back road trip against the Washington Wizards, on March 25; and, they face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (with Jabari Parker the second pick in the 2014 draft) on Thursday, March 26. The Pacers close the regular season on Wednesday, April 15 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis against the usually relevant Grizzlies.
Indiana Pacers Roster
To be completely blunt, the Pacers roster has suffered some setbacks from the previous season. The departure of guard Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets will have a huge impact on the team, not only because he was a utility player on the court, but also because breakout superstar Paul George suffered a season-ending injury in USA basketball play this summer. However, the Pacers still have three of their core starters in point guard/guard George Hill, veteran forward David West, and center Roy Hibbert. The Pacers will also have returning role players, who come off the bench, in C.J. Watson, Luis Scola, Evan Turner, and Ian Mahinmi. In the offseason, the Pacers acquired former Pistons guard, Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey was a consistent player coming off the bench for the Pistons and it's the Pacers hope his added presence will alleviate the loss of Paul George. Also on this season's roster are Lavoy Allen, Chris Copeland, Solomon Hill, C.J. Miles, Arinze Onuaku, Chris Singleton, and Donald Sloan.
Indiana Pacers Fan Experience
Formerly the Conseco Fieldhouse, the Pacers play their home games at the currently-named Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Bankers Life Fieldhouse is widely regarded as a top notch venue to view various sporting events. It has received accolades such as the Number One NBA venue based on a readers survey provided by the Sports Business Journal. In 2012, the arena greatly improved the quality of its replay and score keeping abilities by adding a cutting-edge scoreboard with duplicate 1080p HD video screens. Each measures fifty feet in length and is twenty-one feet in height. Aside from the HD screens, the avant-garde rectangular scoreboard model is topped by a 1080p HD video screen covering each baseline.
Indiana Pacers Trivia
Born in Wes Baden, Indiana, hometown boy Larry Bird has been greatly associated with the Pacers since the end of his NBA career. He began coaching the Pacers in 1997 and even earned NBA Coach of the Year award for the 1997-98 season. Bird resigned as coach in 2000, but he came back as the Pacers' President of Basketball Operations.
Indiana Pacers History
The Pacers were first founded as an ABA team in 1967. In 1976, they officially became members of the NBA. The three championships the Pacers won were all in the ABA, they have zero NBA titles. In 2000, the Pacers won their lone Eastern Conference Championship. However, the team has won six Central Eastern Conference division titles. The titles were won during the 1994-95, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2003-04, 2012-13, and 2013-14. The Indiana Pacers have four retired jerseys. Forward George McGinnis (No. 30), Shooting guard Reggie Miller (No. 31), Center Mel Daniels (No. 34) and Forward/Guard Roger Brown (No. 35.) Along with Reggie Miller, Mel Daniels, and Roger Brown, former Pacers players Chris Mullin and Alex English are in the NBA Hall of Fame. The current NBA Pacers have a potential superstar on their hands in Paul George, but only time will tell if his success will translate to a legendary Pacer.
Indiana Pacers Fan Info
Aside from the Indianapolis Colts, the Pacers organization is the only major sports team for residents of Indiana. With such passion and history for their beloved Indiana University Hoosiers, fans translate that over to their NBA organization. Most Pacers fans are spirited and excited about their "blue collar" team; but, the woes and roller coaster ride of last season had many fans embarrassed about the quality of play from their team. During one playoff game at home, the team was even booed by the home crowd due to such a lackluster performance. However, overall, the fans of the Pacers stand by their team and hope for the best, especially with the success of recent years.