A Quick Look at the Pacers-Hawks Game 5 Matchup at the Half

The Indiana Pacers made it their goal to capture the No. 1 seed in the regular season. They wanted home court advantage, badly.

Why?

Indiana felt that with home court advantage it could finally dispose of the Miami Heat once the two teams met in this year’s Eastern Conference Finals.

Here’s the problem: The Pacers actually have to make it there.

After imploding midway through the regular season, the Pacers have yet to get back on track — even in the playoffs.

Indiana’s struggle with its matchup with the Atlanta Hawks in Round 1 of the Eastern Conference is evidence that the squad’s definitely NOT in the right frame of mind.

The series is knotted at 2-2.

Game 5 is another indication that the Pacers’ woes are still very much alive.

Here’s the deal at the half:

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Q&A with Los Angeles Times Former Lakers’ Beat Writer Brad Turner

By Montezz Allen

Clippers beat writer Brad Turner

Clippers beat writer Brad Turner  -NBA.com

Los Angeles Times beat writer Brad Turner began covering the Los Angeles Lakers as a full-time gig in 1996. Of course that was the same year Kobe Bryant was drafted as the No. 13 pick by the Charlotte Hornets and then traded to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac, which was probably one of the dumbest trades in NBA history.

Sorry Charlotte, I feel your pain.

The swap for Bryant freed up cap space to sign free-agent center Shaquille O’Neal from the Orlando Magic later in the offseason.

The rest is history.

“I had a chance to go to seven NBA Finals,” said Turner. “I saw them win five of them. For a reporter, that’s pretty phenomenal. You establish some great relationships, meet some incredible people and you see some great basketball.”

Turner stopped covering the Lakers in 2011 and now covers the Clippers. That said,  he gave me some great insight about the world of blogging, as well as his career in its entirety in our Q&A session.

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Friday’s links from La-La land

Here’s the latest news on the Lakers. Enjoy!

Links from La-La land

Here’s what’s going down with the purple and gold.

News links from the purple and gold

Here’s what’s new in Laker land.

Kobe Bryant agrees to star in new documentary

By Montezz Allen

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant.

Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant  -Curtis Bunn/Atlanta Black Star

 

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant recently agreed to star in a documentary about his life and career this fall on Showtime.

In the past, he’s resisted such things.

Why?

He didn’t want to reveal his secrets to success. Who would?

Quite frankly, I wouldn’t either. Staying on top is lovely.

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