Articles by: Conrad Brunner

  • Roy Hibbert, pictured against the Hawks in Atlanta earlier this season, was benched for the second half Sunday. (Photo: Icon SMI)

    Hibbert drama just latest for floundering Pacers

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 7, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Whatever word, four-letter or otherwise, that best describes what happened Sunday night, you can rest assured this one does not: Fatigue. Try as they might to pass that off as an explanation for the putrid stench that wafted across the floor of Bankers Life Fieldhouse in a 107-88 loss to […]

  • Frank Vogel believes these dark times, too, shall pass for Pacers. (Photo: Icon SMI)

    Vogel believes Pacers’ dark times, again, shall pass

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 4, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Once a year, without fail, there comes a time when I think Frank Vogel has become unhinged. It is that time when what I see on the court and hear in the locker room simply does not align with the message being sent by the Pacers head coach. Being a […]

  • Lance Stephenson had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists against Detroit. (Photo: Jessica Hoffman/Pacers)

    George, Pacers take step in right direction

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 3, 2014 at 9:33 am

    As the bad shot made good, Frank Vogel turned to the scorer’s table, smiled and flashed a thumbs-up for the inadvertent complicity. The Pacers desperately needed a night like this, where even a miscue could produce a reward. Late in a surprisingly close and combative game, the Pacers were clinging […]

  • Paul George and the Pacers have lost their balance heading down the stretch. (Photo: Jessica Hoffman/Pacers)

    Pacers’ opportunity lost, frustration unrestrained

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Two moments, one early, one late, defined the game, the moment and perhaps the season. Late in the first quarter, Roy Hibbert started to get it going, scoring twice in a row, including a bucket that drew Tim Duncan’s second foul. After a timeout to consider the options, Spurs coach […]

  • It's up to Frank Vogel, Paul George and David West to lead the Pacers out of their funk.

    It’s on Vogel, George, West to save Pacers season

    Brunos Blog, Pacers March 31, 2014 at 9:34 am

    See if this sounds familiar: An exciting Pacers team built around young stars but with a solid veteran leader and an optimistic young coach get off to brilliant start, become the talk of the league, and become instant celebrities. But right after the All-Star Weekend, which the coaching staff and […]

  • Paul George dunks on LeBron James (L); George Hill wraps up James. (Photos: Frank McGrath/Pacers)

    Pacers regain identity, put Heat on ropes

    Brunos Blog, Pacers March 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Five minutes left. Game on the line, maybe the season. You’re done for the night, you think. All that’s missing from your front-row seat is a bucket of popcorn and a beverage. But then Dr. Jekyll becomes Mr. Stephenson, and the coach looks your way. “Welcome to the rivalry,” Frank […]

  • Paul George and the Pacers want to take the Eastern Conference from LeBron James and the Heat. (Photo: Icon SMI)

    Pacers’ season on the line tonight against Heat

    Brunos Blog, Pacers March 26, 2014 at 9:50 am

    There is almost a normalcy to it now, all the media attention, all the hype, when the Miami Heat caravan comes to town. The matchup between the Pacers and Heat is reliably intense and entertaining, full of subplots, and frequently carries substantial impact. But there is nothing normal about tonight’s […]

  • Paul George's Pacers and LeBron James' Heat are both slumping. (Photos: Icon SMI)

    Pacers, Heat look more desperate than dominant

    Brunos Blog, NBA, Pacers March 25, 2014 at 9:57 am

    As the Pacers and Heat prepare to convene for the first of the two most important games of their seasons Wednesday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the aura surrounding the Eastern Conference’s leading teams is closer to desperation than dominance. Both have gone 5-7 in their last 12 games. Both are […]

  • Paul George has shot .398 overall since Jan. 1.

    Whether tired or distracted, George struggling

    Brunos Blog, Pacers March 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

    The next couple of days being the calm before the storm – the Miami Heat caravan followed by the Midwest Regional madness – let’s pause today to examine this, that and thother regarding the Pacers. Let us begin with: WHAT’S GOING ON WITH GEORGE? For a few weeks, I have […]

  • Ryan Grigson said the Colts will be able to conduct football operations as usual in owner Jim Irsay's absence. (Photo: 1070 the Fan)

    In Irsay’s absence, Grigson shifts focus to draft

    Brunos Blog, Colts March 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Though Ryan Grigson has ticked all the boxes in free agency, some holes remain with the Colts. Though one of them as at the very top of the franchise, the absence of owner Jim Irsay should not create a major void in the Colts’ football operations. Irsay checked into a […]