Mike Wells reports on the Pacers officially falling out of the playoffs after losing in Atlanta on Sunday.
Of course, this formality won't change the approach for the Pacers, since it's been a forgone conclusion for some time.
"We've been out of the playoffs for a long time," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "We haven't talked to our guys about the playoffs for a month. In my mind, we were eliminated a long time ago."
So the playing rotations and approach to games will remain as is, which I can't complain about too much lately since Josh McRoberts and A.J. Price have played their fair share of minutes. It would be fabulous if the allocation of point guard minutes between Earl Watson and Price were flipped around for the final eight games, but JOB appears set in his ways as they play out the season.
After the jump, more links of interest including what may have starter Danny Granger's hot play of late, the availability of Tyreke Evans and the Britton Johnsen Era.
A therapeutic bonk to the noggin
Bruno's Caught in the Web considers that the shot to the head Danny Granger took a couple of weeks ago may have triggered his recent scoring binge.
Evans will use mouthpiece in return to Kings
Jason Jones reports that Kings' rookie phenom, Tyreke Evans hopes to play tonight while trying to recover from the effects of a concussion that has kept him sidelined for five games.
Britton Johnsen Dunked on LeBron, Guys
Jared Wade at 8.9 fondly remembers the Britton Johnsen Era for the Pacers.
Kings notes: Evans, Hawes, Brockman return vs. Pacers
Jason Jones reports that the Kings access to a few key young players tonight with Tyreke Evans, Spencer Hawes and Jon Brockman all available after missing the last game against Cleveland.
Who cares about divisions?
Henry ponders an NBA without divisions.
NBA Mock Draft 1.0: The Poetry of Upside
Tom Ziller offers up his first mock draft in haiku form.