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Pacers Links: Mark Boyle appreciation, Halibturton injury update

The voice of the Pacers reached an impressive milestone over the weekend.

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With the Pacers in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, seems like a great time to look off the court for some good news.

Pacers fans always win when they get to listen to Mark Boyle’s radio call of games, regardless of the final score. Since the late ‘80’s, Boyle has been the voice of the Pacers through all of the great and not so great eras of the team over the past 35 years. Fortunately, there have been more great stretches than not, but no matter the importance of the game, I’ve always said Boyle’s words delivers HD visuals of the action like no other.

In fact, MJB has been providing that crystal clear mental image since well before HD technology was considered. Maybe I should update that description to OLED 4K visuals (yes, I’ve been doing this awhile). So, we pause to salute MJB after he broadcast his 3,000th game for the Pacers last Saturday in Phoenix. The man is a Pacers legend, and from teeing up Slick Leonard for thousands of Boom, Baby!’s over the years to easily calling games by himself or with various partners since Slick’s passing, we look forward to another 1,000 games and hopefully a few more GREAT eras of Pacers basketball in the process.

Oh, and the Fieldhouse should make sure they keep room for the microphone banner with Boyle’s name that should eventually be raised to the rafters.

The Pacers did a great job of celebrating MJB’s milestone on their various social outlets. Here is Rick Carlisle presenting Boyle with the game ball for No. 3,000.

Feel free to share your favorite Boyle moment or call in the comments!

Injury update

Tyrese Haliburton remains out with a knee and elbow injury. During the road trip he was seen going through some light workouts. He also appeared on JJ Redick’s “The Old Man and the Three” podcast where he offered a positive update, stating that he was targeting early February to return. According to reports from practice on Monday, Haliburton joined the team on the court and took part in non-contact work while getting up shots, as well. Also, Andrew Nembhard did not practice due to an illness which had him struggling in Phoenix on Saturday.

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers vs Bulls | NBA.com

Game Rewind: Pacers 107, Suns 112 | NBA.com

Bennedict Mathurin On His Outstanding Rookie Season, Tyrese Haliburton on injury, mall stores - YouTube

Pacers vs. Suns: Pacers finding identity without Haliburton - Indy Star

Pacers' losing streak stretches to seven after winless four-game trip: Running Thoughts - Fieldhouse Files

2023 NBA trade deadline: Eastern Conference deal predictions - ESPN

Reviewing three Indiana Pacers trades proposed by ESPN - Sports Illustrated Indiana Pacers news, analysis and more

'No bad blood': Pacers big Jalen Smith appreciates short run with Suns - AZ Central

Phoenix Suns' unheralded reserves step up big in win over Pacers

Quick Recap: Suns beat Pacers, 112-107, on ‘93 Finals team reunion night - Bright Side Of The Sun

The Bulls aren’t even trying with the back-end of the roster - Blog a Bull

Mark Boyle On Calling 3,000 Pacers Games | NBA.com

The Bulls don’t have to “blow it up”, but it’s at least “wait ‘til next year” - Blog a Bull

Pacers working to find minutes for Jalen Smith, Isaiah Jackson - Indy Star

Haliburton Eighth in Third Fan Returns for 2023 All-Star Voting | NBA.comGame