It looks as though the Carmelo Anthony saga has finally come to a conclusion. He will join the 6th seeded New York Knicks, while the Knicks gave up a ton including Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, Raymond Felton, Danillo Gallinari and a future first round pick and even Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry's expiring deal to Minnesota. My first thought was, how many guys will they have to suit up this week?! However, they received a few guys back that will make them dangerous in the east including Chauncey Billups and reportedly Corey Brewer among others. It will be interesting to see how the next couple of days pan out, as there should be a domino affect with trades since most teams were waiting for Anthony deal to finalize.
Enough about Anthony...The Pacers are back in action tonight! They will take on the Washington Wizards while looking to snap their two game skid. Hopefully, Coach Frank Vogel was able to take a little bit of time to install the changes he was looking for on defense or at the very least put the focus back on the defensive end. After the jump, check out the links of the day and let me know what you guys think will be the one key to the Pacers getting back in the playoffs...defense? killer mentality? What do you guys think??
PACERS: Countdown to Tipoff: Pacers at Washington
Countdown to Tipoff has the complete scouting report, including analysis, key stats, trends and matchups as well as injury info for the Pacers-Wizards game Tuesday in Washington.
- Offense, rotations solid, so time to tighten defense
Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards - Preview - February 22, 2011 - ESPN
NBA Basketball Preview: Final statistics from the Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards game played on February 22, 2011
Wizards Insider - Wizards face demanding stretch of games
Following nearly five full days off during the all-star break, the Washington Wizards aren't exactly easing back into their schedule. Not only are they playing four games over the next five nights as part of two back-to-back sets, but the opponents all are playoff teams. It's quite a way to...
Pacers try to stay in playoff picture | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
WASHINGTON -- It's not a difficult equation that requires a tutor. The Indiana Pacers know their position and what it will take to stay there.
- Bullets Forever
Vogel Still Working On Indiana's Defense - RealGM Wiretap
Ex-'Dog Paul George proving his worth | abc30.com
PG checks in from Fresno State during the AS break.
Pacers' 'goon squad' plays smashmouth basketball - 13 WTHR
For the Pacers these days, there is no substitute for toughness. Eric Yutzy has more on the goonies coming off the bench.
AP source: Knicks, Nuggets agree on Anthony deal | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks ended the Carmelo Anthony trade saga and their quest for a second superstar with one blockbuster deal.
Former Pacers point guard Jarrett Jack arrested, charged with DUI | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
SNELLVILLE, Ga. — Police in an Atlanta suburb say New Orleans Hornets' backup point guard Jarrett Jack has been arrested and charged with drunken driving.
Basketball Prospectus | Transaction Analysis: Anthony to the Big Apple
Kevin Pelton breaks down the Melo deal from all angles.
NBA Trade Rumors: Nets' Troy Murphy, Devin Harris Headline Possible Non-Melo Moves - SBNation.com
For non-Melo trade news keep it tuned here for the latest rumblings.
With NBA All-Star Break Over, Remaining Schedule Helps, Hurts Several Playoff Contenders - SBNation.com
Evan Dunlap looks at the schedules remaining for playoff contenders. Looks like the Pacers will have to earn it if they plan on catching Philly.