As the NBA All-Star Weekend attempted to excite and thrill on Saturday evening, the Indiana Pacers presence was no where to be found in gigantic stadium in Dallas, Texas. And maybe that was a good thing.
Except for the commentary from legend Reggie Miller, the Pacers logo, jersey, players and involvement in events such as Shooting Stars, the Three-Point Shootout and Dunk Contest was non-existent. But it was probably a smart move not to be involved in the Saturday night events this year as the Pacers try to regroup for any kind of a run during the second part of the season instead of wasting away in one of the lamest nights the event has ever seen.
The Saturday night of All-Star Weekend proved to be listless, boring and bare of any memorable moments. The night began with one of the worst games of H.O.R.S.E. known to mankind and it "culminated" with an uninteresting Dunk Contest that featured Nate Robinson securing the title for a third time during which Charles Barkley pleaded that no one should be allowed to win the trophy for such an unoriginal dunk contest. It led to the NBA commentators ending the evening by discussing where to place the tombstone for the event. The dunk contest has officially died.
Overall, this was one year when it was good that no Pacers were involved. For more on the amazing and super-entertaining action of last night (along with a big trade), check out the jump.
Will Cavs find a Robin for LeBron's Batman?
Ohio.com wonders if Troy Murphy could be the perfect fit to help LeBron James reach the NBA Finals and beyond. Larry Bird needs to hire the best advertising agency possible (is Donald Draper available?) and convince the Cavs that Murph would be the perfect Robin to LeBron's Batman. I don't know how anyone would ever believe this, but it's worth a shot.
Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards complete seven-player deal
Trade deadline season has officially begun with a deal completed on Saturday between the Mavs and Wizards, according to ESPN.
David Stern projects $400 million in losses for the NBA
The commish gives some grim news about the financial state of the NBA under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.
All-Star Weekend: Steve Nash wins Skills Challenge; Team Texas wins Shooting Stars
Steve Nash took home the Skills Challenge trophy on Saturday.
NBA.com: Cool-hand Durant repeats in H.O.R.S.E. competition
Note to the NBA: Can we get some players with some personality and shooting skills in the H.O.R.S.E. competition? TNT smartly partnered each player with an on-air personality this year, but it still wasn't enough to awaken the trash-talking and jabbing that go along with any street-legal shooting game. The competition was easily the most boring hour of the night. And that's saying something.
Paul Pierce edges Stephen Curry to win Three-Point Shootout
Pierce became the second Celtic since Larry Bird to carry home the Three-Point Shootout trophy.
Ranking All-Star Saturday night's pathetic dunk contest
Yahoo! Sports tries to make sense of last night's dunk contest.
Advanced Stat Talk – A Different Way to Look at Strength of Schedule
Eight Points, Nine Seconds gets deep in the statistics again while looking at strength of schedule.