NEW YORK — Really, can anything else happen to Indiana this season?
Returning to the scene of the slime at Auburn Hills for the first time since November, what passes for the Pacers were greeted by a pre-game locker room bomb scare.
After being evacuated from The Palace and scrambling on and off the team bus three times — delaying the start of the game 90 minutes — Indiana then proceeded to dismantle Detroit, 94-81.
Five Pacers dabbled in double figures to end the Pistons’ dozen-game dominance at home and Dale Davis flexed for nine points and 13 rebounds.
Seems to me a couple Warrior and Blazer coaches need to explain why they have such trouble the last couple years finding time for Indy’s reclaimed macho man. His game may not be pretty but the results are resplendent.
While the season series between Indy and Detroit is over (2-2), this might easily be a first-round (second seed vs. seventh seed) playoff matchup. You sort of get the feeling David Stern isn’t thrilled at this prospect. Immediately after last night’s game he held an emergency seance with Larry O’Brien to see if he wanted his old job back.
Following November’s Malice at the Palace, ESPN’s “players’ analysts” babbled so badly they were required to recant the very next day.
So it’s perfectly understandable why no perspective was solicited at halftime (of the Suns-Heat hoedown) regarding such an alarming event as a bomb threat where two NBA teams and a capacity crowd may have been in grave danger.
Yeah, by all means, brusquely reporting the grim incident and skipping over to the next stimulating subject was the obvious journalistic posture to adopt.
Why would viewers want to be updated with real life drama when they can review the highlights of the Miami-Phoenix first half?
In clinching the Southeast Division with a dozen games to go, Miami won a franchise-record 16th consecutive home game. Dwyane Wade (35 points), Shaquille O’Neal and Eddie Jones combined for 83 points.
The Hornets are now 0-14 in their own (Southwest) division. A defeat last night at Memphis, as well as April Fool’s night in Houston, and New Orleans shall become the first team to lose all of its divisional games in a season. “If only Jimmy Jackson had reported,” Bryon Scott lamented.
The good news is Utah is in the midst of a season-long seven-game homestand. The bad news is Jerry Sloan’s slugs are required to play it out. At 21-47 the Jazz are ticketed for their first losing season since Fort Frank Layden expertly guided his team to a 30-52 mark 22 years ago.
The really bad news is the Jazz must play their last 14 games without Andrei Kirilenko who broke his left wrist Thursday night vs. Washington.
The No. 1 seeded Duke Blue Devils were bounced out of the NCAA tournament Friday, a 22-turnover, 10-point, loser to Michigan State. “Had I seen this coming, I would have taken the Laker job,” Mike Krzyzewski confided. “They stink, but at least they’re still playing.”
Like so many short-lived TV series, Kenny Anderson has been canceled in Hollywood.
The Clippers — Anderson’s ninth team — waived him Friday, less than a month after the Hawks did likewise.
In a quartet of games for Donald Sterling, Anderson averaged two points and 1.3 in both assists and rebounds per game. He had been on the injured list with back spasms.
In keeping with team tradition, the Clippers do not plan to fill the roster vacancy, instead saving the money for Elgin Baylor’s annual jaunt to consult with the constituency in Secaucus (site of the NBA’s annual draft lottery).
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