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David West commits flagrant foul, then shoves Spencer Hawes in Pacers’ loss to Cavs (VIDEO)

Mar 30, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

The Pacers find themselves tied in the loss column with the Heat at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, following a disappointing 14-point loss to a Cavaliers team that has been playing better lately, but was without Kyrie Irving and is still 15 games under .500 on the season.

Frustration got the better of David West in the fourth quarter, when he committed what ended up being ruled a flagrant foul against Matthew Dellavedova by elbowing him out of the way to create space. Spencer Hawes came over to let West know he should pick on someone his own size, which West is always more than happy to do — so he shoved Hawes out of the way, and both big men were handed technical fouls by the officials.

Indiana may very well be able to get right before the playoffs, but this recent slide is still cause for concern — last week’s somewhat ugly win over the Heat notwithstanding.

  1. chicagosports2014 - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    FRUSTRATED!!!!!

  2. beach305 - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    This is why the pacers and bulls will not win a title. Emotions get the better of them when things start to go wrong.

    • apkyletexas - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Yup. Pretty sad. And they haven’t been worth much at all since they traded Granger. Bad move – he wasn’t performing, but he was still a team leader.

    • chicagosports2014 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:52 AM

      Emotions, Naw our problem is we need more scorers and play makers, but I bet you ain’t think we would be this good after Rose went down and Deng got traded? Thanks to Emotions and heart (BEACH305), bet you never played a sport in your life with that comment

  3. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    West is kind of a poor sport. For someone as tough as people say he is, he sure pouts a lot.

  4. bballhistorian - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Current NBA East standings:

    Indiana 52-22
    Miami 50-22 ( 1 GB)

    So it looks like the Friday, April 11th game Miami vs Indiana is east home court-take all. Cant wait.

    • antistratfordian - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      That wouldn’t matter anyway. The Heat would win that series regardless of who had home court.

      But I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pacers didn’t make it past the 2nd round.

  5. bjswoosh805 - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Pacers are burnt-out.

  6. zickhead - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Hawed wasn’t scared at all

    • spthegr8 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      ^^^ Spencer doesn’t want ANY parts of D West!!! None!!^^^

  7. campcouch - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    “Spencer Hawes came over to let West know he should pick on someone his own size, which West is always more than happy to do — so he shoved Hawes out of the way, and both big men were handed technical fouls by the officials.”

    I love how a guy is considered a “tough dude” or “enforcer” in basketball. It’s not like these guys are going to beat someone or choke them out during the game. So they elbow, hack, clothesline, shove or swing, big deal.

  8. indyzown - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Pacers in 5. ..
    Haterz !!!

    • miamatt - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      Get ‘em in now.

      You won’t be able to in another couple of months.

      Unless you were talking about 2015…

  9. toycannoni - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    terrible…..heat would’ve won the last game in indy by at least 5 pts with a few correct calls made

    that would be 5 losses in a row….lol

    not about how you start, it’s all about finishing ….and indy is choking it away

    can’t beat the heat if you can’t score

    • miamatt - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      While I don’t agree with playing the “bad calls” card, it does appear that choking is underway.

      And here I thought the Heat were all but conceding the no. 1 seed in the East…

  10. 00maltliquor - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Yeah, Pacers aren’t taking the Heat in the ECF. MIA 4 years in a row.

  11. 25yearindyfan - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    The Pacers are awful since they started 32-6. They will not reach the ECF.

  12. Jeff - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Pacers won’t make it out of first round.

  13. 12444uggg - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    “*The* Pacers won’t make it out of *the* first round”

    Completing a simple thought aside, you can’t really believe that Hawks or Bobcats have a shot in a 7 game series.

  14. beavertonsteve - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Pacers will make it out of the first round for sure, but if it takes 6 games to get rid of the Hawks the alarm bells are going to be going off for this team

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