Pacers Links: Catching up after Pacers knock off Nets, look ahead to busy Saturday

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

After beating the Nets two times in a row, the Pacers return to a normal schedule this week, including a Saturday night game which will cap off an exciting sports day in Indiana.

Allow me some time here to catch up after a round of holiday travel kept me busy over the weekend. Of course, the weekend included another Pacers win over the Brooklyn Nets which required a bit more effort than the win in Brooklyn earlier in the week.

The Pacers didn't make any new friends among the Nets either with Lance Stephenson irritating Paul Pierce much of the night and Roy Hibbert taking exception to the typical post malfeasance delivered by Reggie Evans. Bottom line was the fourth consecutive win for the Pacers heading into back-to-back games beginning on Tuesday afternoon when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

I discussed the Brooklyn games and the upcoming matchup with Cleveland during my appearance on The Phil Naessens Show this week. Check it out here or listen below.

The Pacers have business to take care of against the Cavs on Tuesday and then at Toronto on Wednesday night, but it is hard not to look forward to the home game on Saturday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. This game will cap a wild sports day in the Indy area which begins down in Bloomington at 2 p.m. ET with IU hosting Michigan State. Then at 4:30 p.m. the Colts play the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the AFC playoffs. Before that game ends, the Pacers will tip off against the 'Cans. Should be a wild day downtown and plenty of fun.

Speaking of fun, I love this plat from the win on Saturay as Luis Scola hits Paul George on a post pattern for an easy bucket. Safe to say, Kevin Garnett's better days as a defensive back are long gone.

Check out the links:

Nets at Pacers -Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 105, Nets 91 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Hill's Just a Guard | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers push aside struggling Nets - AP

Pacers rookie Solomon Hill chooses D-League over bench - Indy Star

Pacers use third-quarter burst to beat Nets - AP

Pacers make it a hat trick against the Nets | Fox 59 News – fox59.com

Unselfish Pacers Share the Wealth | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Rapid Reaction: Pacers 105, Nets 91 - Brooklyn Nets Blog - ESPN New York

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Torch Nets Again | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

TheJayGravesReport.com: Sign Language (How Jason Kidd pulled the South African jack move against the Pacers)

Paul Pierce has become a liability for the Nets. | SportsonEarth.com : Kevin Koczwara Article

NBA Power Rankings: No Russell Westbrook, no problem for Thunder - Yahoo Sports

Cavs notebook: Bynum’s removal will allow team to commit more minutes to rookie Anthony Bennett - Cavs - Ohio

Cleveland Cavaliers lose fifth straight, stumbling to the Warriors in overtime, 108-104 | cleveland.com

Cleveland Cavaliers: Where do we go from here? - Fear The Sword

David West on his tweet targeting the Nets GM and how chemistry is more important than starpower | New York Daily News

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